Last updated on: 10/6/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

H. Sterling Burnett, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“However, abundant supplies of renewable resources do not guarantee abundant supplies of affordable energy. Even with sizable subsidies, renewable energy is generally more expensive than energy produced from nonrenewable sources. We rely on oil, natural gas, coal and even nuclear power today because they provide us with more efficient and affordable energy than renewable alternatives. And they are likely to do so for many years to come.”

“Blowing in the Wind: But is Renewable Energy Affordable Energy?,” Texas Public Policy Institute, Apr. 20, 2005

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:
  • Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, 1996-present
  • Senior Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation, 2005-present
  • Contributing Editor, Environment & Climate News, 2005-present
  • Academic Advisor, Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, 2005-present
  • Member, Environment and Natural Resources Task Force, Texas Comptroller’s e-Texas Commission, 2000
  • Former Environmental Research Associate, Competitive Enterprise Institute, 1990
  • Former Member, Board of Director, Dallas Woods and Water Conservation Club
  • Former Advisor, Natural Resources Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council
Education:
  • PhD, Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 2001
  • MA, Applied Philosphy, Bowling Green State University, 1992
  • BA, Cultural Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, 1986
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Solar Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?
  2. Is Wind Power an Economical Alternative to Conventional Energy?
  3. Is Large-Scale Wind Power Production Environmentally Friendly?
  4. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?