Former Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"Demand for low-carbon high-efficiency products will spur innovation, making our products more competitive on international markets. Carbon emissions will plummet as energy efficiency and renewable energies grow rapidly. Black soot, mercury and other fossil fuel emissions will decline. A brighter, cleaner future, with energy independence, is possible...
The next President must make a national low-loss electric grid an imperative. It will allow dispersed renewable energies to supplant fossil fuels for power generation. Technology exists for direct-current high-voltage buried transmission lines. Trunk lines can be completed in
less than a decade and expanded analogous to interstate highways."
"Global Warming Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points Near," www.columbia.edu, June 23, 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:
Adjunct Professor, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 1985-present
Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 1981-2013
Recipient, Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 2006
Recipient, John Heinz Environment Award, 2001
Recipient, NASA Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, 1997
Recipient, National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award, 1989
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Columbia University, 1978-1985
Staff Member/Space Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Manager of GISS Planetary and Climate Programs, 1972-1981
Research Associate, Columbia University, 1969-1972