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The Future of Oil & Gas – With Hunter Lovins and Dave Peterson“A Public Affairs” on KGNU on Thursday, August 5, 2016. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism …2016/08/05Audio, Blog, Colorado, Contributor, Hunter Lovins, Interview, LHL, Location, Press
Setting the PACE: New ways to invest in clean energy home improvements for low and moderate income AmericansBill Ritter Jr The White House announcement today on Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) …2016/07/21Articles, Bill Ritter Jr., Blog, Contributor, Press
Roughly Right vs Really WrongHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins June 2016 Hunter Lovins explains that when it comes to …2016/06/1600_FEATURED, Articles, Blog, Contributor, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins, LHL, Press, Published also by
Leading for Well-beingHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2016 In a world beset with woes, people hunger …2016/02/10A New Economy, Articles, Blog, Contributor, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins, Leading for Wellbeing, LHL
More Charging Stations Give Electric Cars More RangeShelley Schlender January 2016 BOULDER, COLORADO— Neil Belmore and his son Matt are on a …2016/01/28Articles, Audio, Blog, Colorado, Hunter Lovins, Interview, KGNU, LHL, Press, Voice of America
Understanding Public Opinions on Climate Change in the U.S.Meryl Compton January 2016 With the recent year of historic climate action behind us, it’s …2016/01/25Articles, Blog, Colorado, Meryl Compton
FearHuffington Post L. Hunter Lovins December 2015 We’ve all felt it. Anxiety before an exam; …2015/12/22Articles, Blog, Huffington Post, Hunter Lovins, LHL, Press
Playing Catch Up: The U.S. is Losing the Renewable Energy RaceKendall Kraus November 2015   No one enjoys playing catch up.  Why work twice as …2015/12/14Articles, Blog, Case Study, Energy, Kendall Kraus
Project Spotlight: Lyons, COSustainable Recovery (by Toby Russell) It’s been a long time in the making. Way back …2015/04/16Blog, Toby Russell
Hunter's Corner: Traveling The Globe To Create a Movement That MattersSpring 2015 Where did winter go? My friends in the Northeast are pleased to see …2015/04/16ASAP, Blog, Hunter Lovins
Turning Passion into ActionNCS Interns: Where Are They Now Series  My internship at Nat Cap was the first …2014/12/02Blog, NCS Interns, Uncategorized
Hunter's Homework AssignmentsISSP Conference | Wisdom Panel Denver, CO 13 November 2014 During the ISSP Conference Wisdom …2014/11/20Blog, Endorsement, Hunter Lovins
A Small Team Making a Big Difference: An Intern's Look at NCSBy 2014 NCS Intern Teija Mortvedt “Everything around you that you call life was made …2014/06/18Blog, NCS Interns
Why We Rob Our ChildernBill Becker 5 February 2014   In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why …2014/02/05Bill Becker, Blog, Huffington Post
The Knife's Edge of Cheater Capitalismby L. Hunter Lovins 17 October 2013 Commissioned by the United Nations The Problems The …2013/10/17ASAP, Blog, Capital Institute, Hunter Lovins, New Economy Coalition
Welcome to Global Weirding—and we’re not just talking about the weatherBy 2013 NCS Intern Eliza Kovnat Q: Do you believe in climate disruption? A: It …2013/08/12Blog, NCS Interns

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The Future of Oil & Gas – With Hunter Lovins and Dave Peterson

"A Public Affairs" on KGNU on Thursday, August 5, 2016. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Dave Peterson, who has served on the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, discuss the future of oil and gas, including fracking, especially for Colorado. Listen to the entire show here! ...
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Setting the PACE: New ways to invest in clean energy home improvements for low and moderate income Americans

Bill Ritter Jr The White House announcement today on Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a welcome solution to a problem that has plagued states since 2010. It will go far toward helping all citizens, but especially those on a low and moderate income, to make efficiency improvements to their homes and lower their energy bills. A little history. In 2008, Colorado and California passed the first PACE legislation – allowing households to finance energy improvements on their homes through a simple assessment on their property tax bill. The revenue collected was bonded to finance the energy improvements creating ...
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Roughly Right vs Really Wrong

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins June 2016 Hunter Lovins explains that when it comes to valuing nature, it’s better to be roughly right than really wrong. This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition’s series of blogs on natural capital by Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Professor of Sustainable Management, Bard MBA and Time Magazine Millennium “Hero of the Planet”. “NATURAL CAPITAL!” the famous author snarled at me, “It’s NATURE! It’s PEOPLE! not capital. You can’t call them capital; they’re... they’re...spiritual,” he spat at me. “You can’t put a price tag on them. It’s immoral.” ...
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Leading for Well-being

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins February 2016 In a world beset with woes, people hunger for a sense of who they are, where they belong and what they believe in. Sixty million refugees are on the move, climate chaos is upon us, and the global economy teeters. Demagogues call for the worst in us, and find fertile ground in a political alienation that allows a flight to easy answers and loss of liberty in pursuit of stability. Our economic narrative extols competition, perfect markets and unfettered growth in a world in which the rugged individual is seen as the only ...
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More Charging Stations Give Electric Cars More Range

Shelley Schlender January 2016 BOULDER, COLORADO— Neil Belmore and his son Matt are on a road trip from Toronto to Palo Alto, California - 4300 kilometers - driving without stopping for gas. They're powering up their all-electric Tesla Model S at charging stations along the way. Not too long ago, electric car owners couldn't plan a road trip like that. The lack of charging stations outside of major cities kept them fairly close to home. That, and the high price tag of electric cars, meant these alternative vehicles were only a tiny slice of the auto market. Dawn of the ...
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Understanding Public Opinions on Climate Change in the U.S.

Meryl Compton January 2016 With the recent year of historic climate action behind us, it’s now time to gain some perspective about where the general public stands on issues related to climate and clean energy. By carefully studying the full complexity of public opinions, and identifying significant gaps between mass public and expert opinions, it is possible to improve communication, policy strategy, and public engagement so that real change can happen. By considering public opinions when developing a course of action, the public is then given the ability to influence policymakers and major institutions, and to help establish national priorities ...
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Fear

Huffington Post L. Hunter Lovins December 2015 We've all felt it. Anxiety before an exam; the realization that we are about to be hurt, the sick feeling when kids with Kalashnikovs kill hundreds in the streets of Paris. Once, as the crew boss on a fire crew, I was assigned to protect a house against a fast moving brush fire. Deployed at the road's edge, we got hoses ready, truck pump primed. Then the flames came at us, bigger and faster than we'd thought. Our only option was to hold our position, stay behind our fog spray and fight it ...
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Playing Catch Up: The U.S. is Losing the Renewable Energy Race

Kendall Kraus November 2015 No one enjoys playing catch up.  Why work twice as hard after falling behind if you are already at the top of the ladder?  Right now, the United States is at the top of the global economic ladder and has been since the twentieth century.  However, the U.S. is vulnerable to losing this first-place position due to its lack of progress implementing renewable energy. Germany is well on it’s way to using 100% renewable energy.  Just this June, Germany succeeded in producing 78% of its energy from renewables, beating their previous record of 74%. Germany is ...
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Project Spotlight: Lyons, CO

Sustainable Recovery (by Toby Russell) It's been a long time in the making. Way back in August of 2013 Natural Capitalism Solutions won the contract to support the creation of the Lyons Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.  The vision of the plan was to create a document that would help guide Lyons on a path toward a sustainable future. A future that harnesses the creativity of the dynamic population minimizes their impact on the environment, and spurs innovation. Just after the project started, a devastating flood tore though Lyons and changed everything. It destroyed and damaged twenty percent of the housing ...
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Hunter's Corner: Traveling The Globe To Create a Movement That Matters

Spring 2015 Where did winter go? My friends in the Northeast are pleased to see it move off, but for me it's been a blur. My main priority has been to push forward the creation of a narrative for an economy in service to life—one that works for 100% of humanity, as Bucky Fuller put it. This is something I cannot do alone, so I have been pulling together a coalition of leaders from across the globe. After pitching the idea at the Club of Rome, I was asked to serve on their Executive Committee and help make it one ...
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Turning Passion into Action

NCS Interns: Where Are They Now Series  My internship at Nat Cap was the first step in turning a passion for environmental stewardship into a new career.  The very talented Nat Cap staff worked side by side with interns, treating us as colleagues, to produce their research and many consulting and education projects. I’ve often referred to the interns as a machine; they are an integral part of the engine that is Natural Capitalism Solutions.  Being an intern from spring through fall, meant an enormously enriching experience, working with many different interns, all from diverse backgrounds. I was also involved ...
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Hunter's Homework Assignments

ISSP Conference | Wisdom Panel Denver, CO 13 November 2014 During the ISSP Conference Wisdom Panel last Thursday, November 13th, if your pen wasn’t flying fast enough you might have missed some of the books, videos, ideas and leaders Hunter thinks worth checking out. Don't worry, we've got your back. Videos: Charlie Rose interviews Jeremy Grantham long version on hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/466390 youtube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llSP61r-pfE Russell Brand vs. Jeremy Paxman youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk Books: Winning the Story Wars: Jonah Sachs Creating Climate Wealth: Jigar Shah The Spirit Level: Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson Limits to Growth: Donella H. Meadows Leaders: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB): http://www.sasb.org/   ...
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A Small Team Making a Big Difference: An Intern's Look at NCS

By 2014 NCS Intern Teija Mortvedt “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” -Steve Jobs People often think that it takes extraordinary genius, luck, or serendipity to make big things happen. That corporations are untouchable behemoths that rule the world. I had grown up with the preconception that only the ‘big’ could produce big. At Natural Capitalism Solutions, I’ve ...
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Why We Rob Our Childern

Bill Becker 5 February 2014 In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he reportedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Today, if you ask an investor in the fossil energy sector to be candid about why he is robbing our children's future, he would give the same response: That's where the money is. Whether we're talking about government subsidies, or buying stock, or wildcatting for oil, or shoveling coal, or destroying a wetland for economic development, we are investing in things that degrade the future, squander natural capital, and spend our children's inheritance. That ...
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The Knife's Edge of Cheater Capitalism

by L. Hunter Lovins 17 October 2013 Commissioned by the United Nations The Problems The global economy rests on a knife-edge. It is based on unsustainable assumptions and business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. There are many palliative “fixes” that can prop the system up – but only for a time. What is needed is a new development paradigm, one based on recognizing that the economy depends wholly on preserving healthy ecosystems. The current paradigm, based on what Randy Hayes calls Cheater Capitalism,[i] in which individuals are told to make their own way in a ...
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Welcome to Global Weirding—and we’re not just talking about the weather

By 2013 NCS Intern Eliza Kovnat Q: Do you believe in climate disruption? A: It Depends on the Weather Human caused climate disruption is real and happening all around us. According to some, however, the conviction that climate disruption is indeed happening, well, depends on the weather. As Professor Ed Maibach at George Mason University stated in an interview this past May, “People’s assessments of climate change are very susceptible to what they’ve recently experienced in the weather.”[i] It shouldn’t be this way. We ought to be smart enough to know that weather does not equal climate, but Professor Maibach ...
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