Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"The key to heading off devastating climate change--and to sidestepping out-of-sight oil prices along the way--is to improve technology. We need good alternatives to fossil fuels, not the ersatz variety in which we convert corn to ethanol and then face soaring food prices. We need to harness vast amounts of solar power and start storing the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants underground. We need green buildings that demand less energy for heating and cooling, and automobiles that get vastly more miles per gallon.
These are all achievable goals. The technologies are within reach..."
"We Need a Power Surge," Time Magazine, May 29, 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:
Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
Quetelet Professor, Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
Special Advisor, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
President and Co-Founder, Millennium Promise Alliance
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Member, Institute of Medicine
Former BBC Reith Lecturer, 2007
Former Director, UN Millennium Project, 2002-2006
Former Special Advisor, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, The Millennium Development Goals, 2002-2006
Former Chairman, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, World Health Organization (WHO), 2000-2001
Former Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission, US Congress, 1999-2000
Former Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University