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Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country. Vladimir Lenin
Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country. It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world. Richard Eberhart
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
The idea of the World Bank loaning money to a nation that has a space program and is building nuclear submarines is just ridiculous. Kenneth S. Rogoff
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
Women have a great responsibility. . .to try. . .to prevent another war. I hope. . .that we will be able to use this great atomic energy. . .for peaceful work. Lise Meitner
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation "alter" nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again. Camille Paglia
We should be sending our energy dollars to the Mid-West, not to the Middle East. Nancy Pelosi
The secret of atomic energy does not belong to America … it belongs to al mankind. Wayne L. Morse
So terrible a weapon simply had to have an important peaceful use ... We were grimly determined to prove that this discovery was not just a weapon. David Eli Lilienthal
If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear is really very good. Paul O'Neill
Several highly improbable and therefore unforeseen failures. Russia
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
Hell No, We Won't Glow Anonymous
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
The only reason to treat nuclear power differently from all the other developments in the field of physics is its staggering possibilities as a means of political pressure in peace and sudden destruction in war. James Frank
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
We can eliminate gasoline in this country in 25 years. Vinod Khosla
We will run out of air long before we run out of oil. Vinod Khosla
When you make $78 billion a year, as the three large oil companies are doing, you have no interest in changing the status quo…. Oil companies are not interested innovation. Vinod Khosla
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
It’s very important that all of us who have bicultural roots retain our culture. William B. Richardson
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
The American government and American politicians claim that Iran seeks to obtain nuclear weapons. They know that they are lying, as do those who hear their speeches and applaud them in various forums. Human rights are not important to them at all. You saw this with Hurricane Katrina in America. Since the people there were black, the aid that the American government could have given to them was not given. That is what the American people said – both blacks and non-blacks.… for most American governments generating crises around the world is a necessity and a tactical need, so as to distract people's attention from domestic issues and problems. That's how it has always been. Now an extremist, warmongering government is in power in America. Their interests require them to create problems in various corners of the world and to inflate other issues. They either create crises, or else they portray minor events to their people as though they are crises. This is their policy. Ali Khamenei
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
I think that our work contributed to the safety of the world. Edward Teller
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
In a bad year in this country, we have 600 people die in airplane crashes. We have 150 die a day in automobiles. Automobile accidents are simply not news. People are not reacting to them, unless you have a phenomenal accident where five or ten people are killed at once, and that will get to be big news. But you've got to concentrate it to produce the news. On the other hand, airplanes, a little bit like nuclear power, have an awesome safety record. And yet, a plane crash where 100 people are killed is news, not just locally but all over the world, quite literally. So the concentration of deaths is very important. Robert Du Pont
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
It depends on your definition of sleep. They weren't stretched out. They had their eyes closed. They were seated at their desks with their heads in a nodding position. Anonymous
We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics. Bernard Baruch
We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.... We must elect World Peace or World Destruction. Bernard Baruch
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
By developing atomic energy for peaceful purposes, you reach the nuclear option. There are no two atomic energies. Ernst David Bergmann
The human race has today the means for annihilating itself—either in a fit of complete lunacy ... or by a careless handling of atomic technology, through the slow poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. Max Born
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. Omar N. Bradley
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
What a commentary on the real nature of capitalism in its decadent phase is this, that the scientific conquest of the marvelous secret of atomic energy, which might rationally be used to lighten the burdens of all mankind, is employed first for the wholesale destruction of half a million people…. This is how American imperialism is bringing civilisation to the Orient. James P. Cannon
A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood. Georges Clemenceau
With its present organization, staff and attitudes, the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is unable to fulfill its responsibility for providing an acceptable level of safety for nuclear power plants. Commission on Three Mile Island
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
I've never seen such a goddamned mess in my life. Steve Cowper
If milk goes way up in price, my people in Idaho can stop drinking milk. But we can’t stop using power. Larry Craig
Without oil our Navy would be like painted ships upon a painted ocean. Josephus Daniels
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
I sometimes suspected that the major qualification for most aspirants for membership on the [Senate] Finance Committee was a secret pledge or agreement to defend the [oil and gas] depletion allowance against all attacks.... [and] campaign funds reinforced these pledges. Paul H. Douglas
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
... the most egregious form of corporate welfare imaginable. Dennis E. Eckart
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
I hadn’t thought of that. Albert Einstein
What would Jesus drive? Evangelical Environmental Network
The Energy Department of the United States spends over 2 billion dollars a year and doesn't even light a light bulb. Steven Givot
You know, I think we ought to sell TVA. Barry Goldwater
The oil and gas lobby, with the vast amount of money at its disposal, is, I believe, the most diabolical influence at work in the nation's capitol. It has for years succeeded in blocking the assignment of public-spirited members to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate, and also intervened in the election of leaders and assistant leaders in both Houses. Al Gore
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
The country needs a gas tax.... That's good for the country.... What's good for the country is good for Chrysler. Lee Iacocca
Civilization as we know it could not continue to exist without oil. Harold L. Ickes
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
He [Douglas] would understand it a little better if there were a few oil wells in Cook County . Lyndon B. Johnson
When a gas and oil bill comes in here, everybody says it's crooked, for the same reason they think a girl on the street after midnight is probably up to something. But for me, I don't accuse a girl until I see her doing more than walking. Lyndon B. Johnson
Fission is like kissing your wife. Fusion is like kissing your mistress. Robert B. Macaulay
The negative cautions of science are never popular. Margaret Mead
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
The nation's coal is stained with blood. John L. Lewis
Atomic energy bears that same duality ... expressed in the Book of Books thousands of years ago: "See, I have set before thee life and good, and death and evil ... therefore choose life" [see Deuteronomy 30:15, 19]. David Eli Lilienthal
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
The substitute of oil for coal is impossible because oil does not exist in this world in sufficient quantities. William Waldegrave Palmer
Mr [Harry] Truman announced today that Russia had set off its first atomic explosion. Public reaction was varied…. Today the Brooklyn Dodgers are one-half behind the St Louis in the National League and the Yanks and the Boston Red Sox are neck and neck. And the American public is basically probably more interested in this race than in the race of atomic energy. Drew Pearson
The Three Mile Island Report to President Carter, if published in its entirety, would have destroyed the civilian nuclear power industry because the accident at Three Mile Island was infinitely more dangerous than was ever made public. Hyman Rickover
We are funding the rope for the hanging of ourselves. James Woolsey
The First Law of Petropolitics: The price of oil and the pace of freedom always move in opposite directions in states that are highly dependent on oil exports for their income and have weak institutions or outright authoritarian governments. Thomas Friedman
The market does not work in energy...Carbon has to have a value. Today in the U.S. and China it has no value Jeffrey R. Immelt
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
By diversity we will improve our energy security. James Burkhard
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
I personally think that our failure to clear Dr. Oppenheimer will be a black mark on the escutcheon of our country. His witnesses are a considerable segment of the scientific backbone of our Nation and they endorse him. Ward V. Evans
In this age which boasts of its atomic power it no longer makes sense to maintain that war is a fit instrument with which to repair the violation of justice. John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
I don’t think that there is ever a Mission Accomplished with an oil spill…the consequences go on for years. Thad William Allan
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
The oil companies don’t own the resources…. We own the resources. Sarah Palin
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
Atoms for War and Atoms for Peace are Siamese twins. Hannes Olof Gosta Alfin
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
Should the Iranian nation beg for the right of exploitation of nuclear energy from the bullying world powers until they accept that the nation has a nuclear right?...No. This is not the way of a free and independent nation. Ali Khamenei
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
DuPont had the idea there was nobody in the universe who could tell them anything. John S. Herrington
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
We cannot have as our goal a world that cannot conceivably come to pass unless all scientific knowledge of the atom is erased. Alexander Haig
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
You can’t build wind power anywhere birds fly or Kennedys live. Christopher C. Horner
I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes Winston Churchill
When people are involved, accidents will happen…. You don’t want to drink frack fluid. Aubrey McClendon
They have two tongues in one mouth, and two faces on one head so they can speak everybody’s language; they use everybody, deceive everybody. They deceive the Arabs under the guise of Islamic nuclear power, saying that they are defending Islam and Islamic countries. They milk America and Europe in the alliance against terrorism, and they have been deceiving … Muslims around the world in the name of Kashmiri jihad. But behind the curtain, they have been betraying everyone. Abdul Salam Zaeef
The Department of Energy was created for one purpose: To obtain energy independence. Yet where are we? Allen West
The nuclear industry in America was built on the back of the Defense Department. Jeffrey R. Immelt
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
What right to 49 states have to punish the citizens of one state by dumping their garbage in that state without their consent. Ronald E. Paul
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
We turned the switch, saw the flashes, watched for ten minutes, then switched everything off and went home. That night I knew the world was headed for sorrow Leo Szilard
Our Crop. Our Fuel. Our Country. Anonymous
There will not be any permanent freeze, because it is our legitimate right to have this technology and produce what we need for our country. No incentive can substitute for our legitimate right. Kamal Kharrazi
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
Israel’s development of nuclear capability would be a cause for war, no matter how suicidal it would be for us. Gamal Abdel Nasser
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
The Physicist was the darling of the cold war …atomic energy was responsible for so much of the politics of the Cold War. Neil deGrasse Tyson
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
The whole proceeding was little more than a kangaroo court. James Bryant Conant
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
The reward for using the atom's power towards man's welfare is great and sure. The punishment for its misuse would seem to be death and the destruction of the civilization that has been growing for a thousand years. Arthur Holly Compton
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
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho
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
Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than physics. Bernard Baruch
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
If France can produce 80 percent of its electricity with nuclear power, why can't we? John McCain
If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy Commission would be subject to considerable criticism as admittedly this would have a little of the Buchenward touch. Joseph G. Hamilton
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
Will your children be active or radioactive? Anonymous
Every other agency involved in foreign affairs jealously guards its prerogatives whenever State makes the slightest movement to broaden its role. Richard Holbrooke
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
Ultimately all the options are ugly… These decisions are very, very difficult Tony Blair
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
Three factors defeated us in the West where I was in command. First, the unheard-of superiority of your air force, which made all movement in daytime impossible. Second, the lack of motor fuel - oil and gas - so that the Panzers and even the Luftwaffe were unable to move. Third, the systematic destruction of all railway communications so that it was impossible to bring one single railroad train across the Rhine. Gerd von Rundstedt
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
You might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all (if they were not absolutely necessary). Hyman Rickover
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn't have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet—and probably in the entire system—reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin... Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it. Hyman Rickover
A nuclear-power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. Dixie Lee Ray
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
Jolt a country’s pride and even the reformers will support the nation Mohamed El Baradei
The Middle East does not follow Las Vegas rules. Whatever happens in the Middle East affects the rest of the world. Paul Danahar
We are much better at creating complex technologies than we are at controlling them. Eric Schlosser
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
Unless Iran’s leadership believes that the costs of building a nuclear weapon will be greater than the benefit those weapons will provide, the Islamic Republic will become a nuclear-armed state. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
The problem is that the good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas reserves where there are democratic governments. Dick Cheney
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
There is little doubt that such a solar engine will be a boon to the population of hot areas which so often suffer from a shortage of fuel. Abel Pifre
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
The Mexican oil and gas monopoly, Pemex, literally fuels corruption. Fareed Zakaria
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
It's amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn. Cesar Chavez
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
When I go down in my state, I see virtually none of the independent oil producers for [President Jimmy] Carter … We’ve gotten higher drilling rig counts, more dollars being spent, more activity, more profits being made by oil people than ever before. But do they like Carter? Oh no. they hate him because of his rhetoric. Johnston J. Bennett Jr.
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
… man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. John F. Kennedy
… literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. John Cheever
I have no hope that a nuclear disaster can be avoided. George F. Kennan
No matter what we choose, our unwavering stance is to enhance the safety of nuclear power generation in the country. Sean Chen
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
The fact that there simply is 5,000 times more sun power than our consumption needs makes me very optimistic. It's a fantastic resource. We have the ingenuity to send man to the moon, so we definitively have the ingenuity to tap the sun's resources…. The biggest challenge [for solar power] is escaping from the economic effects of vendor lock-in where large investments in nuclear and traditional energy sources keep us 'locked-in' to feeding monsters that will bring us down an economic black hole. Derek Abbott
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
We must create a new culture to improve [nuclear] safety. After making sure that it is safe, we must restart nuclear energy. Shinzo Abe
TEPCO is guilty of institutionalized lying…. TEPCO knew on March 12 that fuel had melted down, but they continued to lie for almost 2 months. They haven’t made an accounting of the past. We first have to determine why they lied. Hirohiko Izumida
… use of high yield nuclear weapons invariably created adverse public opinion … Greater emphasis should be placed on small atomic weapons. James Bennett McRae
Minicars – Mini Profits Henry Ford II
Dwight Eisenhower… supported the nuclearization of the military and the militarization of nuclear weapons as a cost saving way of deterring the Soviets. Under Eisenhower, custody or nuclear weapons shifted from the civilian Atomic Energy Commission to the military. Gregory D. Koblentz
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
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn. Al Gore
Russia is a gas station posing as a country. John McCain
That is simple my friend,: because politics is more difficult than physics Albert Einstein
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it. Now. Hunter S. Thompson
They died for the greed of the oil cartels, for the expansion of the American empire, for the political ambitions of the President. They died to cover up the theft of the nation’s wealth for the machines of death. Howard Zinn
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
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell
.[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
All the power of the government will be directed towards the Rockefeller Trust. Theodore Roosevelt
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
Millions are spend annually on the cultivation and dissemination of science by the public authorities who will not give a penny for the advancement of astrology or sorcery. In other words, our society is deeply committed to beliefs about the nature of things, beliefs which are different from those to which the early Egyptian or Aztec civilizations were committed. Michael Polanyi
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
A scientist belongs to the world in times of peace but to his country in times of war. Fritz Haber
Poison gas meant that the war could be brought to an end sooner and thus reduce the number of casualties. Fritz Haber
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
It is not enough just to take this weapon [nuclear bombs] out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Atoms for Peace Dwight D. Eisenhower
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
A state becomes “rentier” if oil, gas, and mineral rents constitute over 40 percent of its revenues…. This maintains the rulers. Ahmet T. Kuru
They are one of the most profitable industries in the world, and they’re throwing money into Washington DC. They’re buying politicians. Kate Colarulli
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
Our oil policy should be to find more and use less. Mitch McConnell
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
Companies that are owners and producers of oil, natural gas, or coal reserves are excluded from our mutual funds. As inverstors we are not simply passive actors. Each investment is a decision to allocate capital. We should be mindful or the wider implications. This is particualrly true for climate change, which places all life at risk. We are now living on a planet whose atmosphere ahs changed int one that no human being has ever excperienced before. Amy Domini
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
These sailors are supposed to be very healthy. It’s not a normal situation. It is unbelievable that just in four or five years that these healthy sailors would become so sick. They gave their utmost efforts to help the Japanese people, I am no longer in government, but I couldn’t just let nothing be done. Junichiro Koizumi
The problem of oil, it might be tersely said, is that there is always too much or too little. Myron Watkins
Some Japanese officials are already mulling over the idea of developing long-range missiles for possible preemptive strikes against North Korea. And South Korea has been developing longer range missiles that can not only hit all of North Korea, but parts of China. “Meanwhile, both Japan and China are planning to open up massive reprocessing plants that could make one to 2,000 nuclear weapons worth of plutonium a year, even though there is no economic justification for opening such plants -- they're enormous money losers. And, of course, South Korea doesn't want to be left behind -- hawkish politicians there keep voicing a desire to develop an option to go nuclear. All this is a prescription for mischief and, if it’s not arrested, will end in a vale of tears. Henry D. Sokolski
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
In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under 9 feet of manure. London Times
The US coal industry is in terminal decline. Though it is flailing about desperately for subsidies, and regulatory loopholes — the kinds of political favors that have kept it afloat for so long — at this point it is merely delaying the inevitable.... Loyalty to coal is declining even where it most concentrated: Between 2016 and 2017, strong support for a phaseout rose by 13 percent, and overall support by 9 percent, in states with active coal mines. Strong opposition among Republicans fell by 14 percent. Meanwhile, strong support among Democrats rose by the same amount. Majorities of Democrats (56 percent) and independents (54 percent) now support a coal phaseout. While Americans still seem lukewarm on reducing fossil fuel production in general, and they are ambivalent and uncertain about natural gas, they are rapidly turning against coal.... David Roverts (Writer)