Last updated on: 10/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jack Santa-Barbara, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Sustainable Scale Project
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“There are no alternative energy sources that have the high net energy return of oil, gas and coal, and when these non-renewable resources reach their peak production and start to decline, everything will change…

We will all be forced to consume less energy; of this there is little doubt. The big question is whether this will be forced on us by the inexorable economic chaos from depletion of our primary non-renewable resources, oil, natural gas and coal, or by our adapting to this inevitability in a thoughtful and organized manner.”

“The False Promise of Biofuels,” www.ifg.org, Sep. 2007

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:
  • Director, Sustainable Scale Project
  • Chair, The Alternative Energy Working Group, The International Fourm on Globalization
  • Associate, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University
  • Founder, President and Former CEO, Corporate Health Consultants Ltd, 1981-1999
  • President, Applied Research Consulting House Ltd, 1983
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 1981
  • Executive Director of Youtec Consulting, 1978-1981
  • Director, Research and Evaluation, Thistletown Regional Centre for Children and Adolescents, 1978
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, 1976
  • Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, 1973
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Canadian Psychological Association
Education:
  • PhD, Experimental Social Psychology, McMaster University, 1971
  • MA, Physiological Psychology, McMaster University, 1967
  • BA, Experimental Psychology, Boston College, 1963
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
  2. Is Biofuel Production a Major Cause of the World Food Crisis?