Executive Advisor of the Nuclear Risk Research Center
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"[N]uclear has to play a starring role. It is a major source of carbon-free energy that is available 24/7. Wind and solar technologies have the potential for deployment growth, but they are intermittent resources that are distant from users, thus requiring substantial expansion of transmission resources. Some of these technologies are costly and moving them to a percentage contribution in the double digits will require large increases over current levels in manufacturing, employment, investment, and installation. Not all are environmentally friendly.
The harsh reality is that coal provides 50% of our electricity. Somehow we need to move quickly to sequestration–a very uncertain and costly bet–or we need to replace coal with something that is carbon free."
Online debate, “Is Nuclear Power Essential to Addressing Climate Change and Energy Independence?,” www.newtalk.org, July 15-17, 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:
Executive Advisor, Nuclear Risk Research Center (Japan), 2014-present
President, Carnegie Institution, 2003-2014
Partner, Covington & Burling, 1981-present
Chariman, International Nuclear Safety Group
Member, Board of Directors, PG&E Corporation
Member, National Commission on Energy Policy
Member, Board of Overseers, Harvard University
Member, American Philosophical Society
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society
Former Chariman, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), 1999-2003
Legal Counsel, President Carter's science adviser Frank Press, 1977-1980
Former Clerk, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, United States Supreme Court
Former Clerk, Judge Benjamin Kaplan, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court