Last updated on: 10/6/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

George Peridas, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Science Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Given the world’s and the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, it is essential to have in place a technology and a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial facilities that burn these fuels, even though their complete phase-out through energy efficiency improvements and a transition to renewable fuel sources might be technically and theoretically possible. Using all available tools is a wise and necessary hedging strategy in the face of the steep emission cuts that are needed. Projections differ as to the exact portion of reductions that will be delivered by different technologies, but from a strategic point of view, CCS provides a much needed answer for fossil fuel use – which is inevitable…”

Testimony submitted to the US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Hearing, “Spinning Straw Into Black Gold: Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Carbon Dioxide,” June 12th, 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:
  • Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Science Center, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Former Science Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Senior consultant in energy markets, Pöyry (UK), 2003-2006
  • Former researcher, Department of Trade and Industry, UK government
Education:
  • MSc, Environmental Science & Policy, Imperial College
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Oxford
  • MEng (master of engineering), Mechanical Engineering, University of Oxford
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?