Last updated on: 6/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“ASME, in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), has issued a proclamation outlining critical national energy priorities and programs for the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress to consider in the next several years. Twenty-one engineering societies, representing over one million engineers, have endorsed the ‘National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation’ of ASME and IEEE-USA, which emphasizes research and development in new technologies as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect U.S. economic and national security.

This call to action supports a balanced national energy portfolio that combines traditional energy sources – including natural gas, coal and nuclear power – with renewable energy such as wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass to support reliable, abundant and economically viable energy for the nation’s current and future energy challenges. The proclamation also calls for policy objectives that encourage energy conservation, reward energy efficiency and foster energy breakthroughs, like electric vehicles, which can permanently impact the domestic energy landscape.”

“ASME Pushes for Government Action on National Energy Policy,” www.asme.org, May 11, 2009

Description:

“Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences throughout the world. The core values of ASME are rooted in its mission to better enable mechanical engineering practitioners to contribute to the well-being of humankind.”

“About ASME,” www.asme.org (accessed June 24, 2009)

Mission:

“To serve our diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.”

“ASME’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Values,” www.asme.org (accessed June 24, 2009)

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