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Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country. Vladimir Lenin
I think a lot about the Department of Energy. If I were the head of it, I would close it down. Sarah Palin
As soon as cap and trade was presented as a bipartisan compromise, many conservatives who originally supported the idea, turned against it ... Thus have fossil fuel companies and their ideological allies paralyzed the policymaking process both at the global level and in the United States. Al Gore
A cap and trade system would put some kind of price on the carbon footprint. John Sarbanes
This country has been economically successful because of cheap energy and cheap labor and we are never going to have these again. Gore Vidal
[Coal is] a 19th-century fuel very badly suited for the 21st century. There's no way you can wash or scrub coal to make that essential fact go away. Jeff Goodell
America's industrial strength was built on burning coal. No politician wanted to mess with coal. Jeff Goodell
What do Saddam Hussein and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle have in common? Neither man wants America to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Family Research Council
The real moral is this: It does not matter how much oil is produced domestically and how much is imported. Presidents may declare that there is an “urgent need” to cut imports and boost “energy independence” — no one ever lost political support by seeing evil and blaming foreigners. Morris Albert Adelman
Sellers of all fuels, whatever their conflicts, can stand in harmony on the platform of high oil prices. Morris Albert Adelman
Last year we nationalized hydrocarbons. This year it will be mining. Evo Morales
Producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass---like perennial grasses and woodchips---offers a tremendous opportunity to expand our home grown fuel supply in an environmentally sustainable way. Samuel W. Bodman
We should be sending our energy dollars to the Mid-West, not to the Middle East. Nancy Pelosi
For the first time in history we have got more energy out of something than we put in … [but] …. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine. Ernest Rutherford
The United States must face the uncomfortable fact that its goal of “energy independence”--- a phrase that has become a mantra since it was first articulated by Richard Nixon four weeks after the 1973 embargo was put in place--- is increasingly at odds with reality. Daniel Yergin
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Winston Churchill
A commitment in Iraq was inevitable. We had to establish a base at Basra, and control that port to safeguard Persian oil in case of need. Winston Churchill
Energy Independence Richard Nixon
Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. Rene Dubos
The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away Anonymous
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun Ralph Nader
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. George Porter
Industrial forces set in motion by steam and electricity have materially changed the structure of our civilization. Samuel Gompers
At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on? Aldous Huxley
There is not enough money in Washington for the subsidies we will need to solve the global warming problem. The money must come from Wall Street. Vinod Khosla
Automobile efficiency is the ballgame of energy security of the country. Ron Wyden
In the United States you use more oil than water. Water takes a few days to recycle. Oil takes 4 million years. Thierry Breton
If Pakistan is to play its proper role in the world to which its size, manpower and resources entitle it; it must develop industrial potential side by side with its agriculture and give its economy an industrial bias. By industrializing our State, we shall decrease our dependence on the outside world for necessities of life; we will give more employment to our people and will also increase the resources of the State. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals. By these I mean banking, credit and currency, power, light, oil and natural gas and our God-given natural resources. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
Iran controls over 2,000 km of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Iran can block oil export whenever necessary. Fox News doesn't have to make propaganda out of this. This is a natural ability of our country…. Both geo-politically and geo-strategically, we control this strategic artery of the world Hosein Salami
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. Henry A. Kissinger
The enormous consumption of coals in the arts and manufactures, and in steam navigation, has excited the fears of ... exhaustion of our mines. These apprehensions, however, may be allayed by the assurance [of] the highest mining and geological authorities, that the coal fields of Northumberland and Durham alone are sufficient to supply [the present demand] for 1700 years, and ... the great coal basin of South Wales will ... supply the same demand for 2000 years longer. Dionysius Lardner
Those who first cross the Atlantic in a steam-boat will be entitled to a great portion of applause. In a few years we expect such trips will be common ... and bold will they be who first make a passage to Europe in a steam-boat. Pittsburgh Gazette
This island is almost made of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish in Great Britain at the same time. Aneurin Bevan
America is addicted to oil. George W. Bush
Energy Is Conserved. Lord Kelvin
America is addicted to oil which is often imported from the most unstable part of the world. George W. Bush
Thousands of individuals who believe that they have suffered adverse medical effects as a result of the TMI accident will not have an opportunity to have their claims heard by a jury of their peers Sylvia H. Rambo
Sunlight provides the greatest source of renewable energy on the planet. Sunlight provides more energy in a single day, than we use in a year the world over. Samuel W. Bodman
Science is inextricably linked to our economy. It has been for the last 50 years and it will be for the next 50 years. Samuel W. Bodman
we need to work harder if we're going to continue what Carl Sagan saw as a new Renaissance of discovery. One way is by explaining to the Congress and the public why it is in our national interest to get this work funded. We can win this – and do what is right by the American people – if we can get the public to understand what's at stake. William B. Richardson
Researchers probably never anticipated when they started smashing atoms and protons in our large accelerators that their science their very basic research on matter would eventually give us remarkable life-saving technology. Spencer Abraham
Equity and energy can grow concurrently only to a point. Below a threshold of per capita wattage, motors improve the conditions for social progress. Above this threshold, energy grows at the expense of equity. Ivan Illich
It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. George Orwell Blair
You can’t get intelligence by sitting and saying nothing. Moe Berg
The REA [Rural Electrification Administration] brought us electric lights when no one else would. Robert S. Bergland
I don't know why people are always afraid of a nuclear blast. Jimmy Breslin
The United States has consumed in the last 50 years more natural resources than the rest of the entire human race for all of history. David R. Brower
I don’t believe in subsidized programs because by and large they are not sustainable. Nora Mead Brownell
As nations continue to develop they will require more, not less, total energy; their industrialization and rapidly growing populations will depend on it. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch as he that goes over to the enemy. Edmund Burke
We won’t conserve our way to energy independence. George W. Bush
A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood. Georges Clemenceau
We have a military policy instead of an energy policy. Barry Commoner
[Opposing Hydro-Quebec:] It is always us who are asked to pay. You say, "move over, move over Indian," and the only time you'll come to talk to us is when you want something. Mathew Coon Come
If milk goes way up in price, my people in Idaho can stop drinking milk. But we can’t stop using power. Larry Craig
GOP seems to stand for Gas, Oil, and Plutonium. Tom Daschle
Deregulation [of electricity] does not work unless you have more power than you need. Gray Davis
We have lost control over our own power. We have surrendered the decisions about where electricity is sold—and for how much, to private companies with only one objective: maximizing unheard-of profits. Gray Davis
I’m a big fan of the free market system but the free market system works [only] when you have robust competition. Bryan L. Dorgan
The causes of war are the same as the causes of competition among individuals: acquisitiveness, pugnacity, and pride; the desire for food, land, materials, fuels, mastery. The state has our instincts without our restraints. Will Durant; Ariel Durant
People go to environmental meetings in Hollywood in their gas-guzzling Mercedes. Robert Duvall
Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun. Thomas A. Edison
The Energy Department of the United States spends over 2 billion dollars a year and doesn't even light a light bulb. Steven Givot
The growth in our electricity use is outpacing our electrical capacity additions. I hate to think the country has reached the point where only a recession can guarantee that our electrical supplies are adequate. Harold B. Finger
Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that's all there is to it. Oil—that is the side we ought to be on. James Forrestal
Those who say "not in my back yard" are saying "rape someone else's back yard. Walter J. Hickel
You're not going to solve the problems of poverty in the world with less energy. Walter J. Hickel
Free trade in energy with the Americans is like wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
Free trade in energy with the Americans is life wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
... the negation of the ideals upon which our civilization has been based. Herbert Hoover
My country is not the gasoline pump for America. Saddam Hussein
I want to see a reasonable profit, a fair profit, but we can't tolerate obscene profits. Henry M. Jackson
The Moral Equivalent of War William James
One of the things about the White House is that you know from the moment you walk in there that this has a time limitation. You don't know exactly what it is; it may be the four years you were elected for, or death, but you know it's got a time limitation. And that's one reason why you do as much as you can do, because you know that this will never happen again, and you can drum up the energy from somewhere within you to go more, do more, learn more, for this limited time. Lady Bird Johnson
How the United States chose to deal with its growing reliance on foreign oil would determine its future. Andrew J. Bacevich
Energy patriotism" ... We could all stick it to [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein today if we all drove 55 miles an hour around our Capital Beltway. Barbara Mikulski
If you steal from the American public, whether you use a gas pump or a gun, you ought to do hard time. Barbara Mikulski
No American should have to choose between heating and eating. Joseph Moakley
Barring a miracle, this nation can never be self-sufficient in energy again. Allen E. Murray
If you want the light [electricity], you will have to pay for it every month. Amakuade Wyete Ajeman Labie II
And now beware of rashness. Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories. Abraham Lincoln
The world’s dependence on Gulf oil will last for at least another generation. Khaled bin Sultan
This [hydrogen] is the only technology we know of that can change the game David Garman
Just as the stone age did not end for lack of stones, the oil age will not end because of a scarcity of oil. Leonardo Maugeri
We are funding the rope for the hanging of ourselves. James Woolsey
If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, “No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the 98. It’s common sense-the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority...The key thing now is that since we know this industrial age has created it, let’s get our act together and do everything we can to roll it back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The world’s demand for energy will never stop. Archer Daniels Midland Corporation
No pound of coal is worth getting hurt over. Bob Murray
We have grown up in a culture thinking that our energy resources were inexhaustible and without impact. Andy Karsner
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
On no one country, on no one region, on no one route … must we depend for our oil supply. Winston Churchill
Although the original Constitutional Convention met behind closed doors, the founders immediately published every document associated with the drafting of the Constitution, revealed the names of everyone who had been involved in its creation, and kept nothing secret, including the minutes of the debate over its provision. Joe Conason
The very document that protects our liberties more than anything else, the Constitution, was, of course, drafted in total secrecy. Ari Fleischer
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
I will put Iran’s oil income on people’s dinner table. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie…. Pete Kott
You’re putting in the same number of hours a week but we are just repackaging it more efficiently. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The purpose of the imperialists is to keep us backward, to keep us in our present miserable state so they can exploit our riches, our underground wealth, our lands and our human resources. They want us to remain afflicted and wretched, and our poor to be trapped in their misery ... they and their agents wish to go on living in huge palaces and enjoying lives of abominable luxury…. In order to assure the unity of the Islamic umma, in order to liberate the Islamic homeland from occupation and penetration by the imperialists and their puppet governments, it is imperative that we establish a government. ... we must overthrow the oppressive governments installed by the imperialists and bring into existence an Islamic government of justice ... Ruhollah Khomeini
The Persian Gulf region would have zero strategic importance were it not for the oil. Andrew J. Bacevich
Show this administration an oil well, and it will show you a foreign policy. Byron Patton Harrison
Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don't have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions. Seth Lloyd
Every sector of our economy depends on affordable energy… The state of American energy must be good in order for our economy to thrive. Jack Gerard
Solar power will solve all our problems. How much money have we blown on that? This is the hippies' program from the seventies and they're still pushing this stuff. Trent Lott
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions. Amory Lovins
We are ready to kill to keep our automobiles running. We're ready to kill to keep up our materialistic, wasteful economy.... I am sick and tired of 18-year-olds being coerced into bearing the burden of the failures of politicians to face the tough economic choices needed to end our dependency on foreign oil. Mark Hatfield
Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of a good government. Alexander Hamilton
This is Arizona, Barry Goldwater’s state. It’s dry country out here. Water is priceless. That’s why they’re building this dam. It’s a federal dam. Federal taxes build it. It was sponsored by, uhh, Barry Goldwater. Now here’s the funny part. Barry sponsored this dam in his state, but he wanted to sell the TVA dams in Tennessee. He voted against the Hell’s Canyon Dam in Idaho, against the Hanford atomic power project in Washington, against public works all over the country. In Barry’s book, this kind of thing is “creeping Socialism,” except when it creeps into Arizona. Anonymous
When people are involved, accidents will happen…. You don’t want to drink frack fluid. Aubrey McClendon
Nuclear power plants are all purchased by central planners and subsidized by the public purse…. Nuclear energy has died from an uncontrollable attack of market forces. Amory Lovins
It’s cheaper to save energy than to buy it. Amory Lovins
The key thing is to get off our reliance on fossil fuel. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The ... progress of improvement and discovery ought not to be overlooked. ... Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of inexhaustible power. ... We are on the eve of mechanical discoveries still greater than any which have yet appeared. Dionysius Lardner
Our Crop. Our Fuel. Our Country. Anonymous
Accelerating the development of hydrogen fuel cells and the infrastructure needed for hydrogen production, delivery, and storage should be a national priority. Hydrogen could fundamentally change the transportation sector in this country and around the world… Samuel W. Bodman
Energy is one of the worst bottlenecks in the development of industry and the national economy V. V. Kuibyshev
The Diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. Rudolf Diesel
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Thomas Clement Douglas
The diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time. Rudolf Diesel
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resource Corrado Maria Daclon
There is only one possible route of action, Greenhouse gases have to be radically reduced and it has to happen worldwide. Until now, the US has kept its eyes shut to this emergency. Americans make up a mere 4 percent of the population, but are responsible for close to a quarter of emissions. Jurgen Trittin
Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe…. Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static, our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature. Nikola Tesla
The economic transmission of power without wires is of all-surpassing importance to man. Nikola Tesla
With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. David Suzuki
If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse. Maurice Strong
If there is a regulation that says you have to do something—whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water—the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is [to claim] that it's going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it's [the cost is] actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again. Steven Chu
Just refrigerator efficiency saves more energy than all that we're generating from renewables, excluding hydroelectric power... I cannot impress upon you how important energy efficiency is. Steven Chu
If I were emperor of the world, I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade. Steven Chu
I do not think there should be a limit on the rig's liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. ... The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite. John Chafee
You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough. Wendell Berry
Should the research worker of the future discover some means of releasing this [atomic] energy in a form which could be employed, the human race will have at its command powers beyond the dream of scientific fiction, but the remotest possibility must always be considered that the energy once liberated will be completely uncontrollable and by its intense violence detonate all neighboring substances. In this event, the whole of the hydrogen on earth might be transformed at once and the success of the experiment published at large to the universe as a new star. Francis William Aston
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
Humanity stands ... before a great problem of finding new raw materials and new sources of energy that shall never become exhausted. In the meantime we must not waste what we have, but must leave as much as possible for coming generations. Svante Arrhenius
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I came into the oil there was chaos. I brought order…. It was done the way it was because that was the way it had to be done. John D. Rockefeller
Oil is what this country runs on. You call it monopoly. I call it enterprise. John D. Rockefeller
The world petroleum story is one of the most inhuman known to man: in it, elementary moral and social principles are jeered at. If powerful oil trusts no longer despoil and humiliate our country it is not because these predators have become human, but because we have won a hard-fought battle which has been going on since the beginning of the century. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
From the best of the collective work, we believe that burning natural gas for electricity produces about 30-50% less greenhouse gas than burning coal, even accounting for the emissions of methane (and carbon dioxide) from producing and transporting the natural gas. David McCabe
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 coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power. Jimmy Carter
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
Search the Constitution and you will find no power granted to the legislative branch to make laws governing agriculture, housing, medicine, energy, private ownership or weapons, and a great deal more. John F. McManus
Climate change is a real thing that is happening in the Maldives. It is not something in the future… We are only 1.5 meters above sea level. Fossil fuel technology is obsolete; it has been around for too long. Mohamed Nasheed
The total exports of the entire Arab world, not counting oil and gas, amount to less than Finland, one tiny European country… their economies depend entirely on oil…. Sooner or later, oil and gas either be exhausted or superseded as the modern world turns to other sources of energy. When that happens, they will have nothing left. One possibility is that they will develop other forms of economic activity. Another, more likely, is that the region will lapse into insignificance. Bernard Lewis
The hotter summers get, the more we become dependent on air-conditioning, and the more of it we use, which ensures that summers will be even hotter.” Stan Cox
We might be allowed to... assert that because our only cognitions of matter are cognitions of force, matter in the scientific sense is force. Fitz-Hugh Ludlow
Today, the grandeur of a country is measured by the extent to which it defends and extends its citizens' rights through its impulse towards total equality, by its capacity to create energy that contributes towards cultural, social and economic growth. That is how a country becomes strong, by making its citizens more powerful. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Stop complaining about the price of your gas. Be thankful your car doesn't run on bottled water. David A. Ridenour
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resources. Corrado Maria Daclon
Nothing has really taken me aback more as Secretary of State than the way that the politics of energy is –… warping diplomacy around the world…we have simply got to do something about the warping now of diplomatic effort by the all-out rush for energy supply Condoleeza Rice
I consider myself fundamentally more of an environmentalist than many of the environmental groups. We have to come up with new sources of food, new sources of water, new sources of energy. Trying to ignore leading-edge science and technology as a means of getting there is an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand. Craig Venter
The Middle East does not follow Las Vegas rules. Whatever happens in the Middle East affects the rest of the world. Paul Danahar
See the possibilities of rural electrification. Life can be so much fuller and farm life so much more efficient on the farm as well as in the home if you can get cheap power. Eleanor Roosevelt
The downsides of fossil fuels, notably their geopolitical and environmental risks, are not fully reflected in their market prices. Jeffrey Bell
… about 30 percent of the value of renewable power tax credits end up benefitting financiers rather than funding renewable energy production. Jeffrey Bell
Historically, countries have made big energy shifts only when confronted with acute fossil-fuel crises: oil embargoes, debilitating pollution, or wars. Jeffrey Bell
Let Those Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark Anonymous
We’re at war with no guns. T. Boone Pickens
You will probably be surprised when I say that the sun-motor is nearer perfection than the steam-engine but until coal mines are exhausted, its value will not be fully acknowledged John Ericsson
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future and always will be. Anonymous
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be the impact of energy on the environment. Graciela Chichilnisky
The playing field for renewable sources of energy—such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy—must be leveled with tax incentives that reduce the production costs for renewable energy technologies. Tom Daschle
An acre of corn, one of the rare plant species to use a carbon dioxide efficient photosynthesis system, removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than does an acre of mature Amazonian rain forest… Tom Daschle
Two millennia later, many ancient Roman aqueducts remain serviceable … Operating with no external energy requirements, these brilliantly engineered channels functioned for centuries, … vulnerable only to seismic activity—and eventually of course to conquest. But despite modern materials and engineering methods, the water delivery service of the American West is comparatively ephemeral—for the sole reason that it depends so much on energy. We have built major cities in response to the engineered availability of water, and we did so in an era when energy was cheap and apparently plentiful, But ultimately the price of energy might be as destructive to our public water supplies as invading barbarians were to Rome’s. Austin Troy
Energy is always geopolitics. Dalia Grybauskaite
We face huge pressure from Russia; even “Green” people are ready to make some sacrifices. I can’t be an enemy to my nation. Erlandas Paplauskis
We will no longer be kowtowing to despotic rulers and feudal monarchs whose oil supply lines are crucial to other aspects of foreign policy. Edward Lewis Morse
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy…. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. Thomas A. Edison
Coal is our country’s dirtiest energy source, from mining to burning to disposing of coal waste…. Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology…. Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. Mary Anne Hitt
Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Naoto Kan
The energy crisis has given new urgency to the need to improve public transportation, not only in our cities but in rural areas as well…. Mass transit is an essential element of the improvement of life in our cities and towns. Richard Nixon
The lesson of Chernobyl is not an indictment of nuclear power as such. Nuclear power, designed well, regulated properly, cared for meticulously, has a place in the world’s energy supply. Al Gore
Why would we frack our countrysides and our watersheds when we know that energy efficiency would save more energy that natural gas can provide. Michael Brune
Why would we build a thousand mile pipeline taking almost a million barrels of oil from the most carbon intensive fuel source on the planet when wind energy is a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot cleaner. Michael Brune
Why did they pick the [Indian] Reservations to lay down their pipeline? They were probably thinking the indigenous people were not going to stand up. Michaelynn Hawk
Special interests and their allies in Congress will claim that these guidelines will crush the economy and kill jobs. Let’s face it. That’s what they always say. Barack Obama
Coal fired power plants emit particulates which cause respitory problems. Frances Beinecke
Science is science, and there is no doubt that if we burned all the fossil fuels that are in the ground right now that the planet’s going to get too hot and the consequences could be dire. Barack Obama
.[Theodore Roosevelt] is a man of such abounding energy and ceaseless activity that he sets everything in motion around him wherever he goes. John Burroughs
Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must. Sarah Palin
I esteem it my duty to use every endeavor to prevent this growing monopoly [electric power], the most threatening which has ever appeared, from being fastened upon the people of this nation. Theodore Roosevelt
Conservation’s grand challenge is to save nature in a world that will soon have 9 billion hungry, thirsty, energy-using people. Jon Hoekstra
It is probable that all heavy matter possesses—latent and bound up with the structure of the atom—a similar quantity of energy to that possessed by radium. If it could be tapped and controlled, what an agent it would be in shaping the world’s destiny. The man who put his hand on the lever by which a parsimonious nature regulates so jealously the output of this store of energy, would possess a weapon by which he could destroy the earth if he chose. Frederick Soddy
There is no doubt that sub-atomic energy is available all around us .... One day man will release and control its almost infinite power. Francis W. Aston
These experiments might make it possible to produce power by means of nuclear energy and radioactive elements. Unfortunately also perhaps atomic bombs. Leo Szilard
We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil. Gerald R. Ford
We’re not going to run out of wind. Rachel Maddow
China may achieve its goal of reducing the carbon intensity of its economy (the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output) by 45 percent below its 2005 level by 2020. But the country is growing so fast that its coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to continue to increase. China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 500-megawatt coal-fired electric plant every 10 days for the next decade... Robert N. Stavins
The only way we can hope to combat climate change, protect our precious land and water, and prevent future extreme weather disasters is to cut the carbon pollution that’s warming our planet, and replace dirty energy sources with clean, renewable sources. Robert Redford
There is nothing wrong from divesting from coal. It certainly is immoral to profit from the extraction of fossil fuels... But we ask these college students to just divest. Nothing happens. People just sell their stock. Mike Roselle
Venezuela’s state oil company routinely spends more on social programs then it does on exploration and production. Lisa Viscidi
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner
Innovation is the answer to most problems including energy. Bill Gates
The government spends $30 Billion a year on basic health research and the results have been fantastic for the country and the world. Bill Gates
I want to work hard toward my goal that there will be zero nuclear power generation. Junichiro Koizumi
There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Junichiro Koizumi
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
This is the beginning of a trend that will only accelerate, We're talking abouit an infinite feul source. Andrés Rebolledo
I care about the enviornment; I really do. But when you see that money, then you don't care. Becasue your getting the thing you need. Reecca Ten Bear Reed
…trees are made of air, primarily. When they are burned, they go back to air, and in the flaming heat is released the flaming heat of the Sun which was bound in to convert the air into tree. And in the ash is the small remnant of the part which did not come from air, that came from the solid earth, instead. Richard P. Feynman
People are dying in this country. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy... This is what we got last night: four pallets of water, three pallets of meals, and 12 pallets of infant food — which, I gave them to the people of Comerio, where people are drinking off a creek. So I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell. We are dying here. And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles. So, mayday, we are in trouble. Carmen Yulín Cruz
In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under 9 feet of manure. London Times
Mitigation and adaptation spending are not equivalent. Mitigation spending will go to new energy systems, new public transit systems, new agricultural systems. It will yield innovation, higher productivity, new jobs, and improved quality of life. It’s like paying for your kid to go to college or building a factory for your business — the high upfront costs yield substantial long-term returns, paying themselves back many times over. Mitigation spending is investment. Adaptation spending isn’t like that. It goes to maintaining the value of existing investments. It’s as though the maintenance costs on your factory doubled. You’re not getting any additional value out of the factory, you’re just putting more money in. Adaptation spending is pure cost, a net loss that displaces other productive investments. David Roverts (Writer)
So why don't people like this idea? Why isn't it taken more seriously? And there are some very good reasons for that. A lot of people really don't think we should be talking about this at all .... And the reason is that they're concerned that if people imagine there's some easy way out, that we won't give up our addiction to fossil fuels. And I do worry about that. I think it's actually a serious problem. But there's also, I think, a deeper problem, which is: nobody likes the idea of messing with the entire earth -- I certainly don't. I love this planet, I really do. And I don't want to mess with it. But we're already changing our atmosphere, we're already messing with it. And so I think it makes sense for us to look for ways to mitigate that impact. And we need to do research to do that. We need to understand the science behind that. Danny Hillis

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