Last updated on: 2/17/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeffrey Dorfman, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Georgia
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“For at least the last thirty years the alternative energy industry has been claiming they are almost ready to be economically competitive with fossil fuel. Wind, solar, geothermal, and others keep begging for government subsidies to help them stay afloat until they can reach a size at which economies of scale kicks in, price per kilowatt hour drops, and then they can survive on their own. Now we are seeing this has been a blatant grab for taxpayer dollars and the subsidies were more about industry executives and shareholders getting rich than about reaching a green industry future.”

“Solar Industry Admits Green Energy Only Exists Thanks to Government Subsidies,” forbes.com, Sep. 1, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Georgia, 1989-present
  • Contributor, Forbes Magazine, 2013-present
  • Columnist, RealClearMarkets, 2012-present
  • Chair, Econometrics Section, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2010-2011
  • Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2009-2012
Education:
  • PhD, Agricultural Economics, University of California at Davis, 1989
  • BSc, Valedictorian, Agricultural and Managerial Economics, University of California at Davis, 1987
Other:
  • Twitter: @DorfmanJeffrey
  • Testified before the US Senate Agriculture Committee, the Georgia Senate Special Committee on Feedgrains, and to a USDA Panel on Farmland Preservation
  • Published more than 60 academic journal articles
  • Recipient, D.W. Brooks Teaching Award, 2004
  • Recipient, Southern Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award, 2004
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?