Happy Earth Day | Favorite quotations



What could be more appropriate for Earth Day than a collection of quotations about our home planet? Quotations are wisdom recycled. (Hey, that could be a quote itself! Quick, someone post or tweet it!)

Since our focus here at Fireitup is solar power, we’re asking readers to add their favorite quotations about solar power — or about renewable energy in general — to the list below. Just add them as “comments.”

If you know the quote’s author, please include that. If not, that’s fine.

To get things going, here are a couple of my favorites:

I believe in nuclear power, too, but this kind of nuclear power.

Angelo Consoli, pointing to a photograph of the sun

The big powers are seriously trying to find alternatives to oil by seeking to draw energy from the sun or water. We hope to God they will not succeed quickly because our position in that case will be painful.

Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, oil minister of Saudi Arabia, 1976

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10 thoughts on “Happy Earth Day | Favorite quotations

  1. Okay, so my favorite is kind of a snarky one. But it still cracks me up, even three years later:

    “He’s done more in 30 months for clean energy and energy efficiency than any other governor in world history,” says Ned Farquhar, the governor’s energy policy adviser.

    That was Ned Farquhar talking to me about NM governor Bill Richardson for a story I wrote in 2006; Farquhar is now Salazar’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

  2. “The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment in Montana for present and future generations.”

    Montana Constitution

  3. “The natural resources of the state, including air and water, and the healthful, scenic, historic, and esthetic quality of the environment shall be protected, conserved, and replenished insofar as possible and consistent with the health, safety, and welfare of the people. The Legislature shall enact laws to implement this policy.”

    From the Louisiana Constitution

  4. “The bulk of our efforts need to be on unleashing a new renewable energy economy.”
    Barack Obama via Des Moines Register reporter Perry Beeman, on twitter

  5. “The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.” Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

  6. “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy–sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” –Thomas A. Edison

  7. “Our goal is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all human beings and all other creatures – an environment without ugliness, without poverty, without discrimination, without hunger and without war. Our goal is a decent environment in its deepest and broadest sense.”
    – Gaylord “Earth Day” Nelson

  8. “What prevents us from adopting renewable solar power is not the cost; it’s the political muscle of the fossil fuel companies (oil and coal).” Peter Montague

  9. “This is about quality of life. What we’re talking about is creating a city that exists in harmony with the world, a place that can be a model. Cities have long been hurtful to the environment. Raw materials came in and waste went out. We’ re trying to redefine that relationship, and cities can be models.”

    Sadhu Johnston, environment commissioner for the city of Chicago, talking about the city’s commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. As part of Chicago’s bid for the 21016 Olympics, Johnston has pledged to make it the greenest Olympics ever (though how you’d beat the ancient Greek ones, I don’t know.)

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