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Thoughts on green energy

Published: Sep 19, 2015 06:18:57 AM IST
Updated: Sep 14, 2015 03:26:41 PM IST
Thoughts on green energy
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I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait ’til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
Thomas Edison

Giving society cheap, abundant energy… would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.
Paul Ehrlich

There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance.
R Buckminster Fuller

The sunshine that strikes American roads each year contains more energy than all the fossil fuels used by the entire world.
Denis Hayes

What do oil company executives, vampires and NASA bureaucrats all have in common? They fear solar energy.
Michio Kaku

Alternative energy is a future idea whose time is past. Renewable energy is a future idea whose time has come.
Bill Penden

Mining is like a search-and-destroy mission.
Stewart Udall

I said that if an alien came to visit, I’d be embarrassed to tell them that we fight wars to pull fossil fuels out of the ground to run our transportation. They’d be like, ‘What?’
Neil Degrasse Tyson

Fire made us human, fossil fuels made us modern, but now we need a new fire that makes us safe, secure, healthy and durable.
Amory Lovins

It’s certain that as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, we will just keep burning them.
James Hansen

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
Ralph Nader

Ultimate success for a carbon tax would mean so complete a shift to renewable energy that the tax would stop raising much revenue at all.
Timothy Noah

If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
Sir George Porter

(This story appears in the 02 October, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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