Last updated on: 10/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Clive Best, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Physicist
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Modern society depends on always available power. If power goes down then society stops. There are no phones, no internet, no ATMs, no refrigeration, no sewage pumps – nothing, and if a large city like London is without power for more than 12 hours rioting and looting would quickly take hold. It is therefore inconceivable not to ensure that we have reliable energy at all times. So an energy plan for the UK must be able to meet demand even on the coldest evening of the year in winter with no wind and no solar. For this reason Renewable energy can never under any realistic scenario meet that target. To imagine that battery prices could fall enough to make wind and solar backup such enormous power demands is simply a delusion.”

“The Logical Fallacy of Renewable Energy,” clivebest.com, May 4, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, vacation home rental company in Colletta, Italy
  • Co-founder and Director, OSVision Ltd, June 2008-present
  • Europe Media Monitor (EMM) Project Leader, Joint Research Centre (Italy), 2002-2008
  • CEO – EWSE development, Space Applications Institute, European Commission, 1996-1998
  • Diagnostic Software Head, Jet Joint Undertaking, 1983-1988
  • Post Doc Research Assistant, Rutherford Lab, 1981-1983
  • Fellowship, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), 1978-1981
Education:
  • PhD, Particle Physics, University of Liverpool, 1977
  • Bsc, Particle Physics, University of Liverpool, 1974
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?