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Daniel J. Weiss, MPP Biography

Senior Vice President for Campaigns at the League of Conservation Voters
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah—the ‘Four Corners’ states plus their western neighbors—are home to some of the best renewable electricity potential in the country. These states have consistently sunny skies for solar power, wind-blown plains and deserts for turbines, and underground heat perfect for geothermal energy. They also have incredible potential for smaller-scale technologies like rooftop solar panels and energy efficiency improvements.

Our analysis shows these states can house clean energy projects that could realistically provide more than 34 gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal energy over the next two decades. This development could stimulate more than $137 billion in investment in the renewable energy sector, create more than 209,000 direct jobs, and provide electricity for 7 million homes. With supportive federal policies, these renewable electricity goals can be met and surpassed.”

Co-authored with Jessica Goad, and Richard W. Caperton, “American West: Developing Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Energy on Public Lands,”, Aug. 6, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Vice President for Campaigns, League of Conservation Voters, July 2014-present
  • Former Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Director of Climate Strategy, Center for American Progress
  • Former Senior Vice President, M+R Strategic Services
  • Former Political Director, Sierra Club
  • Former Director, Environmental Quality Program, Sierra Club
  • Former Washington Representative, Sierra Club
  • Recipient, “Fabulous 50 Political People” award, Roll Call
  • Recipient, “Power 100: 100 Most Influential People in Private Washington,” Regardie’s Magazine
  • MPP, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Michigan
  • Married to Sherry Ettleson
  • Has three children, two girls and a boy
  • Twitter handle: @DanJWeiss
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