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Irma S. Russell, JD Biography

Professor of Law at the University of Montana School of Law
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Fossil fuels can also be integrated with renewables. For example, Victorville II, a hybrid solar/natural gas power plant that is being built in California, will supplement its natural gas generation with solar electricity. Natural gas power plants can be used to supplement wind energy when the wind isn’t blowing. By integrating fossil fuels with renewable energy, fossil fuel energy can be slowly phased out as it becomes more costly while renewable energy is increased as it becomes more cost efficient…

As energy consumption continues to increase, global climate change and other factors make natural gas a viable transitional fuel for reducing CO2 and other harmful emissions and bridging the gap in energy need as technology and markets for renewable fuels develop.”

“Natural Gas: Today’s Alternative Fuel?,” Energy Committee Newsletter, June 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law, University of Montana School of Law, 2014-present
  • Dean, University of Montana School of Law, 2009-2014
  • Professor of Law, National Energy-Environmental Law & Policy Institute, University of Tulsa, 2006-2009
  • Visiting Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Spring 2009
  • Chair, American Bar Association Professionalism Committee, Section of Legal Education, 2008-2009
  • Board Member, Energy Advocates, 2008-2009
  • Professor, International Energy Law, University of San Diego School of Law International Institute (Barcelona, Spain), Summer 2008
  • Director, National Energy-Environmental Law & Policy Institute, 2006-2008
  • Professor, International Environmental Law, St. Mary’s Law School Innsbruck Institute (Austria), Summer 2005, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Administrative Law, Lewis & Clark School of Law, Summer 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Environmental Justice, Advanced Professional Responsibility, Administrative Law, Pace University School of Law, 2005-2006
  • Visiting Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2001-2003
  • Professor of Law, Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law, University of Memphis, 2000-2006
  • Visiting Professor of Law, International Sale of Goods in Russia and Poland, University of San Diego School of Law International Institute, Summer 1993
  • Founder and First Chair, Memphis Bar Association Environmental Law Section, 1991
  • Professor, English Composition and Literature, University of Kansas, 1970-1974, 1977-1978
  • JD, University of Kansas School of Law, 1980
  • BS, Education, University of Kansas, 1974
  • MA, English Literature, University of Kansas, 1972
  • BA, Liberal Arts, University of Kansas, 1969
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Increase Its Use of Natural Gas?