Last updated on: 2/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Howard C. Hayden, PhD Biography

Title:
Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“By some definitions, nuclear energy is ‘alternative.’ By others, it is not. Specifying things directly, I will say that wind, solar, solar/thermal, solar/thermal/electric, biomass, hydro — all forms of solar combined can not replace coal, oil, and natural gas.

Geothermal energy is essentially limitless, but by and large is way too deep in the ground to be practicable.

Nuclear energy is essentially limitless, and could easily replace fuels used for heating and electricity production. It could not easily replace fuels for transportation.

Now, if you boil that down to one word, is it pro or con?”

Email to ProCon.org, Feb. 17, 2009

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:
  • Emeritus Professor, Physics, University of Connecticut
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Colorado State University, Pueblo
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, University of Denver
Other:
  • Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut for 32 years
  • He writes a monthly energy newsletter titled The Energy Advocate
Quoted in:
  1. Is Solar Power Production Environmentally Friendly?