Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Winning the Oil Endgame

Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and one of the nation's leading critical thinkers on energy issues has published an excellent new book on potential solutions to our global oil addiction. From the Executive Summary:
Winning the Oil Endgame offers a coherent strategy for ending oil dependence, starting with the United States but applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution—one led by business for profit, not dictated by government for reasons of ideology. This roadmap is independent, peer-reviewed, written for business and military leaders, and co-funded by the Pentagon. It combines innovative technologies and new business models with uncommon public policies: market-oriented without taxes, innovation-driven without mandates, not dependent on major (if any) national legislation, and designed to support, not distort, business logic.
The "roadmap" offered by Lovins and his co-authors revolves around four integrated steps:
  • doubling the efficiency of current oil use;
  • applying creative business models and public policies to speed profitable adoption of superefficient light vehicles, heavy trucks, and airplanes;
  • providing one-fourth of U.S. oil needs through a major domestic biofuels industry; and
  • saving half the projected 2025 use of natural gas, and substituting part of those savings for oil.
The 276-page book expands on these four steps, providing discrete methods for getting from here to there. Its one of the most comprehensive treatises ever published on the topic, and looks to be well worth the read for those in the renewable energy field.

Winning the Oil Endgame is available for free in PDF form (but note: RMI spent over $1M on research and publication of the book. Consider an on-line donation to RMI if you find the resource valuable. The book sells for $40).

Thanks to AEman Blog for the pointer.

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