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A story about Amory Lovins

In November 1991, I met Amory Lovins when he was in Traverse City, MI, consulting with the community living on Beaver Island.

That community wanted to get off the grid (electrical), and become self-sufficient by using self-sustaining, clean energy.

They have been off the grid for years now, utilizing wind power mainly.

Amory, is as he has been described: Talking to him is like trying to get a sip of water from a fire hose. He is extremely intense and passionate about conserving energy and alternative energies.

He originally coined this term to describe how the U.S. (or any government) uses electricity as its main source of energy.

He said: Using electricity as the main source of energy fuel is like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose. The vast majority of the energy used is wasted, for instance, to illuminate one light bulb.

While I was up at that conference, a small group of us had an hours’ long private session with him. He offered to crack my back, which I said yes to. I was nervous, never having had my back cracked, and having Amory do it.

My back hurt for at least a week after that.

If I had been relaxed, my back would have felt great.

Other than that little tidbit:

Amory Lovins is an intense inspiration of intellect, energy and altruism.


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Oct. 17th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Did you get to one of the Bioneers conferences this weekend? Hunter Lovins was in Detroit Friday night. The whole weekend was amazing. :)

So... I'm just looking up people listing Bioneers as an interest (and amazed at how few I've found).

I hope you don't mind if I add you.
Oct. 18th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
No we didn't. Our family from out-of-town were here in GR. We couldn't go.

We were hoping to go to either the Detroit one (my husband's family lives there) or to the one in Traverse City ... a very cool place.

Glad you got to go!
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