The world’s energy usage and dependence on fossil fuels could be reduced drastically through efficiency measures that are currently available, according to world-renowned energy efficiency expert Amory Lovins, who spoke at PSU in September. “We have a long way to go,” Lovins said. “But it’s cheaper to save fuel than to buy fuel.”
Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and one of Time’s 2009 100 most influential people in the world, received an honorary doctor of science degree and addressed PSU’s first-year students at Fall Convocation. He says the world’s dependence on fossil fuels is the crux of many political, climate, and economic problems, and innovative technologies and business strategies currently available can be implemented to achieve a vastly improved quality of life within three decades.