Energy Sources & Uses

EcoIntelligence energy sources and uses articles, speeches, and interviews.This section focuses on the broad spectrum of energy sources and uses, from non-renewable fuels to sustainable alternative energies. It includes articles, speeches, reports, interviews, book and anthology excerpts, PowerPoint presentations, and presentation transcripts.

How we produce and consume energy is one of the most critical environmental issues we face. Widespread burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to climate change, and alternative energy sources and conservation can reduce this impact dramatically. Learning about the impacts of our energy decisions will help us make wiser choices for a sustainable future. Some of the subject areas covered here are energy conservation, renewable electricity, and transportation energy. You will find articles on energy efficiency, insulation, solar panels, solar thermal energy, passive solar, fossil fuels, biofuels, clean cars, energy independence, ethanol, and more.

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Energy Conservation

"" All About Insulation. Article by Dan Chiras. The ABCs of insulation, including how to tell what you need and how to select material. Covers both conventional insulation options as well as natural and unconventional alternatives. Article >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" The Energy-Efficient Home. Article by Dan Chiras. Explains the essential elements of building an energy-efficient home and the substantial savings, resale value gains, and environmental benefits possible. Article >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Mobilizing Energy Solutions. Article by Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins. Makes the case for energy efficiency as a key underutilized tool in the battle to fight rising energy demand, reliance on foreign oil, and potentially devastating climate change. Delves into the modern American history of energy politics and economics. Article >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Renewable Electricity

"" Sunpower. Article by Denis Hayes. The sun has amazing potential as an energy source, but that potential has not been harnessed to date. Several policies and steps will be needed to begin to use energy from the sun on a significant scale. Article >> More about Denis Hayes >>

"" Buyer's Guide to Solar Heating. Article by Dan Chiras. A basic overview as well as buying and installing tips for solar air and water heating systems. Article >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Sunshine From a Tube. Article by Dan Chiras. Tubular skylights provide natural lighting and offer cost-savings. In commercial spaces, where lights often are on eight or more hours per day, one 10-inch tubular skylight providing 4,200 lumens of light for eight hours a day will save a business owner about $70 per year on the electrical bill. Article >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Build a Solar Home and Let the Sunshine In. Article by Dan Chiras. Practical suggestions for building a home that employs passive solar features at little additional cost but with great savings in both energy and money. Article >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Energy Forever. Article by Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins. America's energy system is highly vulnerable to attack due to centralized infrastructure and reliance on foreign oil. This article outlines how shifting our energy sources to domestic renewables and updating our infrastructure to a more distributed network are critical to achieving energy security. Article >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Transportation Energy

"" The Promise of Biofuels. Report by David J. Hayes, Roger Ballentine, & Jan Mazurek. Summary of a policy report produced by the Progressive Policy Institute's Energy & Environment Project. It details a "homegrown approach to breaking America's oil addiction" and the contribution biofuels could make to that goal. Summary >> Full Report >> More about Roger Ballentine >>

"" Clean Cars: Kicking America's Oil Habit. Report by Roger Ballentine and Jan Mazurek. Summary of a policy report produced by the Progressive Policy Institute. It describes the key obstacles that political leaders must surmount to make real progress toward energy independence. Summary >> Full Report >> More about Roger Ballentine >>

"" Ethanol's Failed Promise. Article by Lester Brown and Jonathan Lewis. The "food-to-fuel" mandates should be changed because they do not move "America toward energy independence and mitigate global climate change... the evidence irrefutably demonstrates that this policy is not delivering on either goal. In fact, it is causing environmental harm and contributing to a growing global food crisis." Article >>

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