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Episode 3 – L. Hunter Lovins – My Good Rope Horse Is Not For Sale

L. Hunter Lovins

During one of her trips to Afghanistan, L. Hunter Lovins put out the word to some of her young guides that she wanted to meet with Ismail Khan, a warlord known as “The Butcher” who president Karzai had recently appointed as the Minister of Energy for the country.  One of the guides said he might be able to make a connection.  Two nights later she got a call asking if she was still interested in meeting Khan.  She responded in the affirmative.  “Then we go now”, said the voice on the other end of the telephone.

Only problem was, it was 9:00 o’clock in the evening.  You never went out on the streets in Afghanistan after dark.  Especially if you were a Westerner — and a woman.  But that wasn’t going to stop the cowgirl from Colorado.  So off she and the guide went, through various checkpoints, until they got to Khan’s location.   After being searched at gunpoint in the lobby they were ushered into a simple room with little more than a desk, a bed and a low table.  Lovins recalls that her first thought upon seeing Khan was that “he had kind eyes”.

To find out what happened next, check out the latest episode of MIPtalk.

You can learn more about Hunter and her company Natural Capitalism here.

For additional reference we’ve included links to some of the people, places and things discussed in this episode:

Presidio School of Management
Cowboy Ethics by James P. Owen
David R. Stoecklein
Green California Schools Summit
Triple Bottom Line
Integrated Bottom Line

STMicroelectronics and Climate Change
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Built to Last by Jim Collins
The Decision to Go to the Moon

DuPont Announces New Targets to Reduce Greenhouse Gass Emissions
Bush Rejects Kyoto-Style G8 Deal
Using Energy More Efficiently
John L. Lewis
Chaparral Country

Sequoyah School

Occidental College Sociology Department
San Bernardino County Mining History
Collectible Specimens Litter the Mojave Desert
Tree People
Andy Lipkis
Jeff Hohensee
Tu Bishvat
What the Dormouse Said by John Markoff
Peak Oil
Blower Door
Thermographic Inspections
Barack Obama – New Energy for America
Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger
A Vision for a Green Afghanistan
Panjshir Valley Hybrid Power System
Bergey Windpower Company
Natural Capitalism
Ismail Khan
How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and The World and What You Can Do About It by Bill Quinn
Wal-Mart Sustainability Progress Report
Wal-Mart Struggling In Germany
Carbon Disclosure Project
Bright Future for China’s Solar Billionaire
Arctic Summers Ice Free by 2013
James Lovelock
James Hansen
California Utility to Spread Solar Power Plant Across Rooftops
Grid Parity
Conflicted Emotions Follow Tennessee Coal Ash Spill
Green For All
The Heartland Institute
Learning to Speak Climate
Goldman Sachs ESG Investment Research
Economist Intelligence Unit
An Inconvenient Truth
Erik Rasmussen
The Berlin Mandate
Dr. Tariq Banuri
Natural Capitalism Solutions
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
Team Roping
Will Semmes
Peter DeNeufville

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