Founder and Former Director of the Post Carbon Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"This sounds absurd today, but if oil declines from now on at 4% per year, as may be the case (and it may decline even more quickly) that means that global oil supply will be halved by 2025. It is very unlikely to be a smooth decline and there may troughs of supply which look and feel like short-term or even prolonged shortages.
This implies an emergency transition away from oil (and coal and gas may be far more limited than heretofore thought) and towards reduced consumption and local production of necessities, including energy. Part of this transition will mean a kind of 'shock therapy' in which we subsitute fossil mobility for solar mobility and use muscles where we can and where we can't, we substitute electric motors running on renewable energy."
"Solar Mobility and Shock Therapy: The Great Electric Transition," www.postcarbon.org, Nov. 11, 2007
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:
Founding Director, Post Carbon Institute, 2003-2008
Founder, Relocalization Network
Founder, Solar Car Share
Founder, Energy Farms & Gardens Network
MSc, Environment and Social Research, University of Surrey (UK)
MA, Journalism and Communications, University of Texas at Austin