Last updated on: 4/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ed Schafer, MBA Biography

Title:
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“We’re here to share another important step in building a new energy future for our nation, a future that relies more on alternative energy sources and less on imported oil. The National Biofuels Action Plan we are releasing today is a product of more than a year of work with people of the United Sates Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, Defense, Interior, Commerce, the National Science Foundation, the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Federal Environmental Executive…

The 2008 Farm Bill, as you know, provided a very important boost to renewable energy by committing $1 billion in funds over the next five years to support research and development, particularly of cellulosic fuels.”

“Secretaries Schafer and Bodman Announce National Biofuels Action Plan,” www.usda.gov, Oct. 7, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Secretary, US Department of Agriculture, Jan. 28, 2008-present
  • Former Governor, North Dakota, 1992-2000
  • Former Chair, Western Governors Association
  • Former Chair, Republican Governors Association
  • Former director, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
  • Co-founder, Governors Biotechnology Partnership
  • Co-founder, Extend America
  • Former President, Gold Seal Company
Education:
  • MBA, University of Denver, 1970
  • BA, Business Administration, University of North Dakota, 1969
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Biofuel Production a Major Cause of the World Food Crisis?