Former Secretary of the US Department of the Interior
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"The Bureau of Land Management has identified a total of approximately 20.6 million acres of public land with wind energy potential in the 11 western states and approximately 29.5 million acres with solar energy potential in the six southwestern states. There are also over 140 million acres of public land in western states and Alaska with geothermal resource potential.
There is also significant wind and wave potential in our offshore waters. The National Renewable Energy Lab has identified more than 1,000 gigawatts of wind potential off the Atlantic coast, and more than 900 gigawatts of wind potential off the Pacific Coast.
Renewable energy companies are looking to partner with the government to develop this renewable energy potential. We should responsibly facilitate this development...
At the same time, we must recognize that we will likely be dependent on conventional sources – oil, gas, and coal – for a significant portion of our energy for many years to come."
Statement before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee
on Energy Development on the Public Lands
and Outer Continental Shelf, www.doi.gov, Mar. 17, 2009
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:
Secretary, US Department of the Interior (DOI), 2009-2013
US Senator (D-CO), 2004-2009
Attorney General, State of Colorado, 1999-2004
Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 1990-1994
Chief Legal Council, Colorado Governor Roy Romer, 1987-1994
Former Chair, Peace Officers Standards and Training Board
Former Chair, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Former Member, Board of Trustees of Colorado College
Former Chair, Conference of Western Attorneys General
JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1981
BA, Political Science, Colorado College, 1977
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"Stimulus Plan Can Promote Conservation," Pueblo Chieftan, Feb. 17, 2009
"Heedless Rush to Oil Shale," Washington Post, July 15, 2008
"Energy Choices for Rural Areas," Sacramento Bee, May 24, 2006
"We Can Do Better for Producers Than CAFTA," Greeley Tribune, July 12, 2005
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Denver, 1999
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Law, Colorado College, 1993