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Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy

Description:
In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, $5 trillion cheaper, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

Associated Grade Levels:
7-89-1011-12Public

Related Sub-Topics

1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.

1.4 Energy available to do useful work decreases as it is transferred from system to system.

1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.

1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.

1.8 Power is a measure of energy transfer rate.

3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and matter.

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

4.3 Fossil and biofuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.

5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.

5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.

6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.

6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.

7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.

7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.

7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.

7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality of life.

7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.

7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.