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We can create a more sustainable, cleaner and safer world by making wiser energy choices.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein


Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence.
-- Thomas H. Allen


* The two most abundant forms of power on earth are solar and wind, and they're getting cheaper and cheaper…
~ Ed Begley, Jr.


* Under the rule of the "free market" ideology, we have gone through two decades of an energy crisis without an effective energy policy. Because of an easy and thoughtless reliance on imported oil, we have no adequate policy for the conservation of gasoline and other petroleum products. We have no adequate policy for the development or use of other, less harmful forms of energy. We have no adequate system of public transportation.
-- Wendell Berry

With its array of gadgets and machines, all powered by energies that are destructive of land or air or water, and connected to work, market, school, recreation, etc., by gasoline engines, the modern home is a veritable factory of waste and destruction. It is the mainstay of the economy of money. But within the economies of energy and nature, it is a catastrophe. It takes in the world’s goods and converts them into garbage, sewage, and noxious fumes—for none of which have we found a use.
-- Wendell Berry

This curious faith is predicated on the notion that we will soon develop unlimited new sources of energy: domestic oil fields, shale oil, gasified coal, nuclear power, solar energy, and so on. This is fantastical because the basic cause of the energy crisis is not scarcity: it is moral ignorance and weakness of character. We don’t know how to use energy or what to use it for. And we cannot restrain ourselves. Our time is characterized as much by the abuse and waste of human energy as it is by the abuse and waste of fossil fuel energy.
-- Wendell Berry

The problems are our lives. In the "developed" countries, at least, the large problems occur because all of us are living either partly wrong or almost entirely wrong. It was not just the greed of corporate shareholders and the hubris of corporate executives that put the fate of Prince William Sound into one ship; it was also our demand that energy be cheap and plentiful.
-- Wendell Berry

Biofuels are the future of energy in this nation and around the world
-- Rod Blagojevich

We've embarked on the beginning of the last days of the age of oil. Embrace the future and recognize the growing demand for a wide range of fuels or ignore reality and slowly—but surely—be left behind.
-- Mike Bowlin, chairman and CEO of ARCO (now BP)


I believe that the average guy in the street will give up a great deal, if he really understands the cost of not giving it up. In fact, we may find that, while we're drastically cutting our energy consumption, we're actually raising our standard of living.
-- David R. Brower

* "Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste?"
-- David R. Brower


The foundation is being laid for the emergence of both wind and solar cells as cornerstones of the new energy economy.
-- -Lester A. Brown, Michael Renner, Brian Halweil

We want to see…the efficient production and use of energy, so that the products we produce and the way we produce them pose no threat to the world's natural environment…economic development…so that more and more of the world's population can enjoy…the things which the energy industry supplies…(and) a society in which ideas and knowledge move freely.
-- John Browne, Group Chief Executive, British Petroleum Company

The word "energy" incidentally equates with the Greek word for "challenge." I think there is much to learn in thinking of our federal energy problem in that light. Further, it is important for us to think of energy in terms of a gift of life.
-- Thomas Carr

Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.
~ Jimmy Carter

We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.
~ Jimmy Carter

* Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of ... permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.
~ Jimmy Carter

* "The risks of transporting deadly nuclear waste, the environmental justice impacts and the long-term health effects of both these projects are untenable...We cannot afford to be silent on these important issues."
~ James Cromwell


* I know that nuclear is better than fossil fuels when it comes to carbon dioxide, but nuclear energy is by no means clean. We don't know what to do with the waste we already have and it seems like a bad idea to me to make more when we have so many cleaner options such as wind and solar.
-- Sheryl Crow

the cheapest energy is the energy you don't use in the first place.
-- Sheryl Crow

* You have to work with the auto industry, the oil companies, you have to work to develop renewable fuel, whether it's solar or different kinds of fuel...
-- Ted Danson

Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and has the potential to become an inexpensive source of energy for neighborhoods, light and heavy duty vehicles, and industry.
-- Charlie Dent

* I urge individuals around the world to stand up, and ask local leaders, if they haven't already, to pledge to purchase cleaner cars, build green facilities, and buy green power like wind or solar energy. Our actions may determine if we become a casualty in the war for a habitable planet for generations to come.
~ Leonardo DiCaprio
* "The use of plant oil as fuel may seem insignificant today. But such products can in time become just as important as kerosene and these coal-tar-products of today."
~ Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, which originally ran on peanut oil.

* "Human beings should only use technology which if the worst case happens, it leads to an acceptable damage. Definitely nuclear energy is not in that category. I want an industrial world where people are allowed to make errors. Because human creativity has to do with being allowed to make errors. We want an error-friendly environment."
-- Hans-Peter Dürr


"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison (1847–1931)


Giving society cheap, abundant energy… would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.
-- Paul Ehrlich

* We should not be drilling for oil anywhere because burning oil and coal and natural gas is what's destroying our environment, our climate. And we need the climate if we're going to eat.
-- Paul Ehrlich

why aren't we working very hard to deploy more various forms of solar power, wind energy, which is a form of solar power, direct solar, starting to build a hydrogen economy and so on? In other words, we could do these things, but we're still looking for more, we're fighting a huge war to get our hands on a material, oil, and also in Central Asia, in Afghanistan on gas, when those are things we shouldn't be burning. We're not running out of fossil fuels. We're running out of environment.
-- Paul Ehrlich

* Since I do not forsee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that it should be. It may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs, which, without the presence of fear, it would not do.
-- Albert Einstein

* ...if we get the right kind of energy, there are endless amounts. I think we should be developing every kind of alternative fuel that is available to us. That includes hydrogen to soybeans, from solar to wind. Whatever we can find that is going to help us clean up the environment we should be working really hard on developing.
-- Morgan Freeman

* There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

* Ultimately, I believe -- because energy is so central to our lives -- that a common global project to rewire the world with clean energy could be the first step on a path to global peace and global democracy -- even in today's deeply troubled world.
-- Ross Gelbspan

"Climate change is not just another issue. It is the issue that, unchecked, will swamp all other issues. The only hope lies in all the countries of the world coming together around a common global project to rewire the world with clean energy. This is a path to peace --- peace among people, and peace between people and nature."
-- Ross Gelbspan

* "Licensing a nuclear power plant is in my view, licensing random premeditated murder. First of all, when you license a plant, you know what you're doing--so it's premeditated. You can't say, "I didn't know." Second, the evidence on radiation-producing cancer is beyond doubt. I've worked fifteen years on it [as of 1982], and so have many others. It is not a question any more: radiation produces cancer, and the evidence is good all the way down to the lowest doses."
-- Dr. John Gofman

* …the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant…has painfully affected the Soviet people, and shocked the international community. For the first time, we confront the real force of nuclear energy, out of control.
~ Mikhail Gorbachev

* "The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels...
If we succeed, we create booming new industries, wealth, clean secure energy and maybe we prevent the greatest disaster so far in human history, saving millions of lives while improving billions more. If we fail, basically it's business as usual while things slowly get worse all around us."
~ Al Gore

With each green step you take, you help solve our planet's problems. When you buy fair trade coffee, bananas, chocolate, and gifts, you ensure a fair wage for farmers and producers around the world. By choosing organic foods and organic cotton clothing, you put an end to the dangerous pesticides used on conventional crops. By making your home more energy-efficient, you stop global warming and crate a more secure energy future. You restore the Earth. You save lives.
-- Alicia Gravitz

If you look around Green Festival, you'd be convinced that the movement for a just and sustainable world is booming. But is it? The answer is a resounding 'yes'! And success is being fueled by creative, passionate, people using powerful economic strategies to promote fair trade, renewable energy, local economies, and investment in healthy communities.
-- Alicia Gravitz

* “To me, the path to a sustainable energy future seems very obvious. We have to find a way to tap into a very small fraction of the sun’s energy to convert it to a form suitable for supplying what are in fact the relatively small additional requirements of modern life. … I think the technological challenge can be met. It remains to be seen whether the political and organisational challenges involved in recognising and addressing the need to change from the status quo can also be met on a reasonable timescale.”
~ Martin Green

* "I haven't been to a gas station in years. It feels so good not to be a slave to gas, playing the whole game of war for oil."
-- Daryl Hannah

* I love the idea that biodiesel has the potential to support farmers, especially the family farms.
-- Daryl Hannah

* "The sunshine that strikes American roads each year contains more energy than all the fossil fuels used by the entire world."
~ Denis Hayes

"An acre of windy prairie could produce between $4,000 and 10,000 worth of electricity per year – which is far more than the value of the land’s crop of corn or wheat."
~ Denis Hayes

* "America has the technology and resources to meet all its energy needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?' At least one city does, and I'm proud to live in it."
~ Denis Hayes

* We can dream together a dream of a better world, an ever-renewing, organic-based earth-community. I believe we can achieve a large part of it in our lifetime.
~ Randy Hayes

It is evident that the fortunes of the world's human population, for better or for worse, are inextricably interrelated with the use that is made of energy resources.
-- M. King Hubbert

Renewable energy also creates more jobs than other sources of energy - most of these will be created in the struggling manufacturing sector, which will pioneer the new energy future by investment that allows manufacturers to retool and adopt new technologies and methods.
-- Jay Inslee

We had some major successes and we did so because the country embraced the spirit of Earth Day and embraced this concept that we have to have forward-looking, visionary environmental policy and energy policy in this country.
-- Jay Inslee


* What do oil company executives, vampires and NASA bureaucrats all have in common? They fear solar energy.
-- Michio Kaku

I want to see us to explore outer space. But I want to do it safely, without the loss of human life, and democratically: where is the free-wheeling debate on this question? Only one force can stop this mission: the will of the American people. They have not been asked. Do they want to endanger their loved ones, their industry with this launch? One force is more powerful than plutonium, the spirit of the American people united."
-- Michio Kaku

"Solar is cost effective right now. When you consider the cost to our health from air pollution, solar is just as competitive as any other energy source."
~ Thomas P. Kay

Right now, other frightening imperatives have distracted us so far from the program of benevolence toward our planet that it seems we might just try to burn the whole world for fuel to keep ourselves guarded and cozy. But that is not the expressed will of our people. Most of us do understand, when we can calm down and think clearly, that whether we are at peace or at war, the lives that hang in the balance are not just ours but the millions more that create the support system and biological context for humanity. More and more of us are listening for the silent alarm, stopping in our tracks, wishing to salvage the parts of this earth we haven’t yet wrecked.
-- Barbara Kingsolver



* It is time for a sustainable energy policy which puts consumers, the environment, human health, and peace first.
-- Dennis Kucinich

"Rely on renewable energy flows that are always there whether we use them or not, such as, sun, wind and vegetation: on energy income, not depletable energy capital."
~ Amory Lovins

Drilling in the Refuge is completely unnecessary when we could improve the average fuel economy of cars, minivans and SUV's by just 3 miles a gallon and save more oil within 10 years than we could ever produce from the Arctic Refuge…
-- Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey


* Breaking America's oil addiction would not lead to a future of sackcloth and ashes.
-- Colman McCarthy

There is an urgent need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, dramatically reduce wasted energy, and significantly shift our power supplies from oil, coal, and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources.
-- Bill McKibben

"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy...we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon."
-- Elon Musk

* The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
~ Ralph Nader

Federal policy over the past century has largely failed to promote an energy system based on safe, secure, economically affordable, and environmentally benign energy sources. The tax code, budget appropriations, and regulatory processes overwhelmingly have been used to subsidize dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear power. The result: increased sickness and premature deaths, depleted family budgets, acid rain destruction of lakes, forests, and crops, oil spill contamination, polluted rivers and loss of aquatic species and the long-term peril of climate change and radioactive waste dumps–not to mention a dependency on external energy supplies.
~ Ralph Nader

* "I see this [biodiesel] as a way for the farmer to grow fuel and food and put him back in business again"
-- Willie Nelson

We believe that part of the answer lies in pricing energy on the basis of its full costs to society. One reason we use energy so lavishly today is that the price of energy does not include all of the social costs of producing it. The costs incurred in protecting the environment and the health and safety of workers, for example, are part of the real costs of producing energy—but they are not now all included in the price of the product.
-- Richard Nixon

Alternative energy is a future idea whose time is past. Renewable energy is a future idea whose time has come.
-- Bill Penden

I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
~ Sir George Porter


* "If we want energy security, then we have to reduce our appetite for fossil fuels. There's no other way. Other issues may crowd the headlines, but this is our fundamental challenge. Big challenges require bold action and leadership. To get the United States off fossil fuels in this uneasy national climate of terrorism and conflict in the Persian Gulf, we must treat the issue with the urgence and persistance it deserves. The measure of our success will be the condition on which we leave the world for the next generation.
~ Robert Redford

"If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commerical insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family."
-- Donna Reed

* “It’s very important that we expand our use of clean energy and make a long-term commitment to it.
-- Julia Roberts

“It’s very important that we expand our use of clean energy and make a long-term commitment to it. Biodiesel and ethanol are better for the environment and for the air we breathe.The use of biodiesel is a positive step toward minimizing pollutive emissions and greenhouse gases. By focusing on school buses, we can affect the health and wellbeing of the people most susceptible to that pollution – our children – today.”
-- Julia Roberts

We're clearly coming to the end of the fossil fuel era. We have the technology to shift to renewable energy, we have the will of the people. The only thing that's keeping us back is the fossil fuel industry's hold on our political system. That's what we need to change.
-- Mark Ruffalo

"Climate change is real, caused by human activity and already devastating our nation and planet. The United States must lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainability."
~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

* Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.
-- Carl Sagan

--It's time we stopped turning up our noses at the nation's garbage dumps and started appreciating them for what they really are -- the municipal mines, forests, oil wells and energy sources of the future!
-- Max Spendlove

It's time we stopped turning up our noses at the nation's garbage dumps and started appreciating them for what they really are -- the municipal mines, forests, oil wells and energy sources of the future!
-- Max Spendlove


* First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe… Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it.
-- Henry David Thoreau (1834)

* Mining is like a search-and-destroy mission.
~ Stewart Udall

The US government knows that conventional oil is running out fast. According to a report on oil shales and unconventional oil supplies prepared by the US office of petroleum reserves last year, "world oil reserves are being depleted three times as fast as they are being discovered. Oil is being produced from past discoveries, but the re­serves are not being fully replaced. Remaining oil reserves of individual oil companies must continue to shrink. The disparity between increasing production and declining discoveries can only have one outcome: a practical supply limit will be reached and future supply to meet conventional oil demand will not be available.
-- John Vidal

Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.
-- Kurt Vonnegut


"The choice before us is simple. Will we continue to subsidize the dirty fossil fuels of the past, or will we transition to 21st century clean, renewable energy."
~ Elizabeth Warren

* "The Age of Oil has really exhausted its usefulness, and it has actually become a danger to our lives and our ability to survive on the planet."
-- Dennis Weaver

…our perception of the "energy crisis" is different from many. We feel that Americans have had too much fuel available, that less will be better. I see it as the "effects of too much energy" crisis. With our bigger-is-better, disposable, nonrenewable energy past, I wonder if, in squandering fuel, we have not also subverted self-reliance, neighborly concern, the active appreciation of balance and harmony. I think confronting this legacy of too much, too soon would be the proper response to the energy crisis.
-- Steven C. Wilson, Etheos Mountain Agriculture Institute


* "Energy Policy will be and should be driven by environmental policy in the future."
~ Timothy Wirth

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