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Jeffrey Sachs, PhD Biography

Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The key to heading off devastating climate change–and to sidestepping out-of-sight oil prices along the way–is to improve technology. We need good alternatives to fossil fuels, not the ersatz variety in which we convert corn to ethanol and then face soaring food prices. We need to harness vast amounts of solar power and start storing the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants underground. We need green buildings that demand less energy for heating and cooling, and automobiles that get vastly more miles per gallon.

These are all achievable goals. The technologies are within reach…”

“We Need a Power Surge,” Time Magazine, May 29, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Quetelet Professor, Sustainable Development, Columbia University
  • Professor, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
  • Special Advisor, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • President and Co-Founder, Millennium Promise Alliance
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Former BBC Reith Lecturer, 2007
  • Former Director, UN Millennium Project, 2002-2006
  • Former Special Advisor, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, The Millennium Development Goals, 2002-2006
  • Former Chairman, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, World Health Organization (WHO), 2000-2001
  • Former Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission, US Congress, 1999-2000
  • Former Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
  • Former Advisor, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Former Advisor, World Bank
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1980
  • MA, Harvard University, 1978
  • BA, summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1976
  • Recipient, International Advocate for Peace Award, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2007
  • Recipient, Padma Bhushan, Indian Government, 2007
  • Named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world, Time Magazine, 2004, 2005
  • Recipient, Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice, 2005
  • 500 Most Influential People in the United States in the Field of Foreign Policy, World Affairs Council of America
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