For four decades, Amory Lovins has been a leading proponent of a renewable power revolution that would wean the U.S. off fossil fuels and usher in an era of energy independence, says Fen Montaigne at Yale environment 360. In Lovins’ latest book, Reinventing Fire, he presents a step-by-step blueprint of how the world can attain a green energy future by 2050. The vision? Hydrogen fuel cells, electricity, and biofuels power cars; biomass fuels power most trucks and airplanes, and renewable power supplies 80 percent of US electricity. The US will save $5 trillion, and the economy will grow over 150 percent. A longtime worker in the very risky oil industry, he foresees oil becoming obsolete, and details how oil industries can re-apply their assets in new ways, as in drilling for geothermal, for example. Clean energy was a $260 billion investment flow in 2011. China is the renewables leader, as it trends away from coal. Europe has over one million new renewable jobs, and the big winner is Germany. They have more solar workers than America has steel workers. Clean power is becoming the best business plan.
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Amory Lovins Lays Out His Clean Energy Plan. At Yale 360, by Fen Montaigne. http://e360.yale.edu/feature/amory_lovins_clean_energy_guru_presents_his_master_plan/2496/