Energy Security: the Growth of Soft Energy Systems

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The recent energy crisis in California triggered the worst reflexes of many business and political leaders who clamored for more fossil-fuel power plants and fewer environmental limits. With the September 11th attacks has come the increased recognition that how we make and distribute energy is nearly impossible to protect. The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Hunter Lovins and renewable energy expert David Katz examine how these challenges present opportunities for dramatic shifts in energy production. 


Hunter Lovins, co-founder with Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute, is currently its strategy CEO. She has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, and shared with Amory a Mitchell Prize, a Right Livelihood Award, the 1999 Lindbergh Award and a 2000 Time Magazine "Hero of the Planet" designation. A specialist in sustainable development, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, and land management, she has co-authored nine books including Natural Capitalism, has held visiting chairs at Dartmouth College and the University of Colorado and serves on the boards of two corporations and many public interest groups. 

David Katz has more than twenty years experience in supplying alternative energy products and systems. He is one of the country's most recognized experts on renewable energy systems. An entrepreneur, Mr. Katz founded Alternative Energy Engineering (AEE) in 1977, beginning as a small store in rural Northern California that specialized in alternative energy products, primarily photovoltaic modules. He is the author of A Homeowner's Guide to the Selection and Installation of a Solar Electric Power System, and also co-authored a book entitled, Choosing Solar Electric Modules. 

Bioneers Series III includes the following programs: 

  • BN301 Part 1: The Duh Principle: Better Safe Than Sorry
  • BN302 Part 2: Energy Security: the Growth of Soft Energy
  • BN303 Part 3: Light At The Edge of The World: Reinventing The Poetry of Diversity
  • BN304 Part 4: Greening Medicine: the Mainstreaming of Herbs
  • BN305 Part 5: Soil and Soul: The Future of Farming
  • BN306 Part 6: I Heard the Voice Of A Porkchop: The Theoretical Promise Versus The Actual Perils Of Genetically Modified Organisms
  • BN307 Part 7:  Less Is More : Toward A Zero Discharge Industry
  • BN308 Part 8: Daughters of Thoreau: Not Too Well Behaved
  • BN309 Part 9: Plants and People: Who's Cultivating Who?
  • BN310 Part 10: Getting the Real Story: Bypassing Corporate Media
  • BN311 Part 11:  Nature As Healer: Restoring Life As Community
  • BN312 Part 12: The Wonders of Gaia: Nature is Symbiotic
  • BN313 Part 13:  Nature and Spirit: It's All Connected 

The Bioneers series consists of three sets of 13 programs each:
Bioneers Series I The Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature
Bioneers Series II "Improving Environment By Changing The World
Bioneers Series III 

Inspired by the philosophies of the Deep Ecology movement, the Bioneers are heroic examples of people living as if nature mattered. Join us as we look deeply into the magic and mystery of the convergence between leading-edge science and ancient wisdom for a Declaration of Interdependence for the new millennium. Though these programs were produced in the 1990s the contents of this series are timelessly relevant. 

HOST: Michael Toms     INTERVIEW DATE: 2002            PROGRAM NUMBER: BN302