Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"...[T]here is a growing body of evidence that a decline in world [oil] production is likely to occur in less than 20 years. As the peak in production approaches, prices will begin to rise and the United States - consumer of 25 percent of world output - will have to quickly shift to new energy sources to mitigate the impacts on its heavily oil-dependent economy.
Two decades is precious little time for such a sweeping transformation, a point few decisionmakers appreciate. The time to formulate policies that encourage more efficient oil use and a switch to alternative energy sources is now. The transportation sector, almost totally dependent on oil, will be especially hard hit. The good news is that only a few simple, though bold, policy changes are needed to ensure a smoother transition."
"Heading Off the Permanent Oil Crisis," Issues in Science and Technology, Apr. 14, 2006
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:
Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, 1986-present
Professorial Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Program
Senior Staff Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), 1981-1986
Senior Staff Member for Energy, President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 1977-1981
Former Co-chair, Impacts Panel of the Domestic Policy Review
Member, Joint Scientific Staff, Massachusetts and National Audubon Societies, 1970-1977
Former Advisor, Fossil Fuels Policy Action Institute
Completed post graduate work at Los Alamos Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)