Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"[W]ind power is coming of age. In 2007, some 20,000 megawatts of wind were installed globally, enough to power 6 million homes. Sadly, most wind power manufacturers are no longer American, thanks to decades of funding cuts by conservatives. Still, new wind is poised to be a bigger contributor to U.S. (and global) electricity generation than new nuclear power in the coming decades. As I have written earlier, concentrated solar power could be an even bigger power source, and it can even share power lines with wind.
That means we can realistically envision an electric grid built around renewables: electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions, no fuel cost (and no future price volatility) and no radioactive waste."
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, Center For American Progress
Executive Director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Project, Future Directions for Hydrogen Energy Research and Education
Principal, Capital E (consulting company)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1995-1998
Acting Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1997
PhD, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)