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Reinventing Fire

Reinventing Fire

The final paper assignment for my class on energy and the environment at NYU’s MS in Global Affairs program this semester was to “…provide for all the energy needs of the world in the year 2050.”  I said “In the next 40 years, we will need to transition to safe, secure, affordable, clean and abundant energy sources and systems.”  Then I asked:  “How do we get there?”

A good number of the papers reflected what Amory Lovins and his team at the Rocky Mountain Institute have said in their new report, Reinventing Fire.  Their report is comprehensive, bold, and eminently do-able.  It’s not a coincidence that Fortune 50 companies go the Rocky Mountain Institute to get advice on how to do business.  Lovins and his people are on it.  (If you read this blog, you know that I regard Amory Lovins as The Man.)

It is so absurd at this point to believe the Big Lie that efficiency and renewables can’t do the job.  They are doing it now, for the love of Mike.  The imperative for all of us is to continue to build the newer world of clean tech.  To reinvent fire.



Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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