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Carbon fiber cars could fight oil dependency

Bad news about the environment is all too easy to find. It’s nice for a change to see what technological advances are popping up that could make transportation both cheaper and cleaner. Amory Lovins, chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, explains the concept of  “oil-free,” carbon fiber automobiles in the video below.

Lovins has coined the term “negawatt,” which is a theoretical unit of power representing an amount of energy (measured in watts) saved, as opposed to produced. The energy saved as a negawatt is a direct result of energy conservation or increased efficiency and can be much cheaper than a megawatt’s worth of imported oil. Lovins says that if Detroit moved in this direction, it could in effect mine “negabarrels” of oil, which would be “all-American, carbon-free, secure, and inexhaustible.”

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