Last updated on: 10/29/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Clifford J. Wirth, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Professor of Energy Policy at the University of New Hampshire
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Solar power, nuclear energy, and coal are primarily useful for generating electric power, but these energies do not provide liquid fuels needed for transportation or mechanized agriculture, nor do they provide raw materials for manufacturing of 300,000 products, including fertilizer. Electric power from solar, coal, nuclear fission, or nuclear fusion will therefore not solve
the nation’s energy problems…

Because leaders lack a basic understanding of energy sources, the nation will continue to direct attention toward the hydrogen economy, corn ethanol, wind power, and solar energy – even though the most authoritative sources conclude that these are not solutions
for the liquid fuels problems facing the nation.”

Peak Oil: Alternatives, Renewables, and Impacts,” www.peakoilassociates.com, July 5, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate, Peak Oil Associates
  • Associate Professor, Energy Policy, University of New Hampshire, 1985-2008
  • Member, American Society for Public Administration
  • Member, Latin American Studies Association
  • Recipient, USAID grant to research democracy in Mexico City, 2003-2004
  • Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Professor and Researcher, Instituto Mora, Mexico, 2002-2003
  • Visiting Researcher, Centro de Estudios Demograficos y de Desarrollo Urbano, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, 1995-1996
  • Visiting Researcher, Centro de Estudios Demograficos y de Desarrollo Urbano, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, 1988-1989
  • Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire, 1981-1985
  • Coordinator of Survey Research, Center for Public Affairs, 1980-1981
  • Director of Research, Administration for Aging, Southern Illinois University, 1978-1980
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Rhode Island, 1975-1976
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1976
  • MPA, San Diego State University, 1971
  • BA, History, Muhlenberg College, 1969
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  2. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?