Last updated on: 9/5/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

J. Robinson West, JD Biography

Title:
Chairman and Founder of PFC Energy
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Many politicians want to substitute other domestically produced liquid fuels for oil and assure the public that they are around the corner. They are not.

There is now no liquid fuel that can largely replace oil for transportation. We are stuck because of the scale of the industry and – despite criticism – oil’s efficiency…

Politicians pose with gimmicks like hydrogen cars, but they will have little near-term impact. Breakthrough technologies, such as cellulosic ethanol, are theoretically attractive – but don’t exist…

Solving the energy crisis is going to require political will and consumer pain: We must immediately start reducing our dependence on foreign oil by cutting consumption and encouraging environmentally careful production. Like it or not, we need all the domestic oil we can produce, while using markets, conservation, and efficiency to diversify our energy supply with new fuels and technologies from well-managed research.”

“Two Takes: Energy Independence Is Neither Practical nor Attainable,” US News & World Report, July 10, 2008

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:
  • Chairman and Founder, PFC Energy, 1984-present
  • Chair, United States Institute of Peace, 2004-present
  • Director, Key Energy Services, Inc., 2001-present
  • Director, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
  • Director, Lambert Energy Advisory
  • Member, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
  • Member, National Petroleum Council
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • President, Wyeth Endowment for American Art
  • Assistant Secretary of Interior Department for Policy, Budget and Administration, 1981-1983
  • First Vice President, Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., Inc., 1977-1980
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic Affairs, 1976-1977
  • White House Staff, 1974-1976
  • Recipient, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service, 1976
Education:
  • JD, Temple University, 1973
  • BA, University of North Carolina, 1968
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  2. Will Alternative Energy Development Increase US Energy Independence and Security?