Chair of Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and former Director of Greenpeace International
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"It all depends on what you mean by 'alternative energy'. Alternative to what? Specifically if nuclear energy is considered 'alternative' (to fossil fuels) then I am in the Pro camp. If nuclear is not considered alternative I am decidedly in the Con camp because I do not believe it is remotely possible to replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, geothermal etc. by themselves. Then there is the question of whether hydroelectricity is 'alternative'. If both hydro and nuclear are not considered alternative then it is doubly impossible to replace fossil fuels with alternatives.
The terms 'renewable', 'sustainable', 'clean', 'green', and 'alternative' tend to be tossed about as if they all mean the same thing when they each have distinct meanings, some of which are less than objective. 'Green', for example, can be a shameless marketing term. 'Clean' is relatively straightforward, meaning there is no pollution involved. Hydroelectric energy is renewable. Nuclear energy is not renewable but it is sustainable."
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:
Chair, Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity, Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Cochair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (nuclear power advocacy organization), 2006-present
Member, Board of Directors, Forest Alliance British Columbia, 1991-present
Member, Board of Directors, NextEnergy (geothermal energy company)
Expert, Heartland Institute
Cofounder, former Chair, and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd.
Consultant, IPEX (plastics fabrication), 2001
Advisor, Canadian Mining Association, 1996
Vice President, Environment and Government Affairs, WaterFurnace International, 1995-1998
Director, Architectural Institute of British Columbia, 1995-1996
Consultant, Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, 1992-1996
Consultant, Westcoast Energy and British Columbia Gas, 1993-1994
Member, Economic Development and Environment Committee, Vancouver Board of Trade, 1992-1994
Member, Aquaculture Advisory Council, British Columbia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1990-1993
Founder and President, Quatsino Seafarms Ltd., 1984-1991
Cofounder and Director, Greenpeace International, 1971-1986
Director, Western Canada Chapter, Sierra Club, 1971-1973
PhD, Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1972
BSc, Forest Biology, University of British Columbia, 1969