Last updated on: 12/6/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

James Lacey, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the War Policy and Strategy Program at the Marine Corps University
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he U.S. sits on at least three times as much recoverable oil as the entire Middle East. The techniques used to uncover vast new sources of natural gas, are now being transferred to the shale-oil deposits in the Midwest, where they are unlocking trillions of barrels of oil…

In a few years, improved drilling techniques may raise the estimated reserves in this single area to 1.4 trillion barrels. That is enough oil to meet all of our demands for 200 years, replace our imports for 400 years, or replace our imports from OPEC for a millennium…

What does it take to get at this oil? Only that the government get out of the way. As the prices of oil surges, the Obama administration is doing everything possible to block further exploration of our own supplies. Overwhelmed by the environmental lobby, fearful of the great man-caused-global-warming fraud, and dedicated to the fantasy that renewables will create jobs and replace the need for carbon sources of energy, the government is preventing oil companies from doing what they do best: finding oil and sending it to consumers.”

“Drill, Baby, Drill (Again),” www.nationalreview.com, Mar. 16, 2011

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, War Policy and Strategy Program, Marine Corps University, Aug. 2010 – present
  • Lecturer, conflict and global issues, Johns Hopkins University
  • Former Defense Analyst, Institute for Defense Analyses, Jan. 2004 – July 2010
  • Former Army Reserve Officer
  • Former active duty military officer, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and United States Army Europe Headquarters
Education:
  • PhD, Military History, Leeds University
  • BA, History, The Citadel
Other:
  • Embedded journalist with TIME magazine during the invasion of Iraq, where he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division.
  • Has published opinion columns in The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The New York Post
Quoted in:
  1. Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?