Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"Many politicians want to substitute other domestically produced liquid fuels for oil and assure the public that they are around the corner. They are not.
There is now no liquid fuel that can largely replace oil for transportation. We are stuck because of the scale of the industry and - despite criticism - oil's efficiency...
Politicians pose with gimmicks like hydrogen cars, but they will have little near-term impact. Breakthrough technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol, are theoretically attractive - but don't exist...
Solving the energy crisis is going to require political will and consumer pain: We must immediately start reducing our dependence on foreign oil by cutting consumption and encouraging environmentally careful production. Like it or not, we need all the domestic oil we can produce, while using markets, conservation, and efficiency to diversify our energy supply with new fuels and technologies from well-managed research."
"Two Takes: Energy Independence Is Neither Practical nor Attainable," US News & World Report, July 10, 2008
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of state or federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Chairman and Founder, PFC Energy, 1984-present
Chair, United States Institute of Peace, 2004-present
Director, Key Energy Services, Inc., 2001-present
Director, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Director, Lambert Energy Advisory
Member, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Member, National Petroleum Council
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
President, Wyeth Endowment for American Art
Assistant Secretary of Interior Department for Policy, Budget and Administration, 1981-1983
First Vice President, Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., Inc., 1977-1980
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic Affairs, 1976-1977
White House Staff, 1974-1976
Recipient, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service, 1976