wrote about stead state economies, promotes an energy mix of resources (oil and renewals), remedy
for global over consumption, continued growth is not possible because resources are finite, a paradigm
shift must happen for people to change the ways they think about energy.
Activist and proponent of solar power. A major energy transition of some kind is inevitable.
Discontinuity in the production and the use of energy…should use solar. The most direct use of solar
is heating water and buildings, photovoltaic cells, wind power. Most technology options today do not
acknowledge social consequences or take into account social goals when choosing energy options.
Involved in the Carter administration with solar as head of Solar Energy Research Institute. Helped
start earth day. Solar Possibilities—solar will fill in the gaps.
Soft paths: renewables, solar, wind, hydro
Hard paths: centralized continuation of technology, oil, nuclear, coal, controlling, not friendly to
democratic process, destructive to environment and health, inefficient,
Jimmy Carter appointed head of TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and wanted to change from
growth to conservation. Shut down nuclear plants.
Mentioned in Nader’s article “Shifting Gears”
Energized SMUD to renewable energy
Successfully fought the planned nuclear power plant for SMUD
Reroof, repave and add trees to affect substantial energy savings.
Member of California Energy Commission
Helped design CFLS and motion sensors on lights
“Thinks outside the box”
Effective in policy
Father of Energy Efficiency
Low Energy growth rate- “Rosenfeld effect”
Wrote “Resurrecting Empire: Western footprints and America’s perilous path in the Middle East”.
Culture of dependency established because of foreign oil companies involvement in their societies.
Some good—democracy, education, formation of infrastructure.
Social and political consequences of energy choices
According to Berry, the good life includes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy
rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local
economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life. The