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Rocky Mountain Institute Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“While renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power offer great potential to meet the nation’s energy needs, RMI endorses the efficient use of energy as the most important, economical, underused, overlooked, and misunderstood way to meet our energy demands. Efficiency is rapidly becoming more feasible and economical as technologies, delivery methods, and integrative design improve. However with efforts to end our dependence on fossil fuels there is no ‘silver bullet’ and RMI believes that a diversified energy portfolio – including but not limited to renewable energy – is important to meeting our future energy demands. For more detailed information please see the links below.”

“FAQ,” (accessed Jan. 5, 2009)


“Rocky Mountain Institute ® (RMI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 1982 by resource analysts L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. What began as a small group of colleagues focusing on energy policy has since grown into a broad-based institution with approximately eighty full-time staff, an annual budget of nearly $12 million (over half of it earned through programmatic enterprise), and a global reach.”

“About RMI,” (accessed Jan. 5, 2009)


“Rocky Mountain Institute® (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

Our staff shows businesses, communities, individuals, and governments how to create more wealth and employment, protect and enhance natural and human capital, increase profit and competitive advantage, and enjoy many other benefits — largely by doing what they do far more efficiently.

Our work is independent, nonadversarial, and transideological, with a strong emphasis on market-based solutions. For detailed descriptions of our Research & Consulting within the Natural Capitalism Framework as well as our activities and areas of impact, please follow the links at left.”

“Mission Statement,” (accessed Jan. 5, 2009)

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