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Jim MacKenzie, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“…[T]here is a growing body of evidence that a decline in world [oil] production is likely to occur in less than 20 years. As the peak in production approaches, prices will begin to rise and the United States – consumer of 25 percent of world output – will have to quickly shift to new energy sources to mitigate the impacts on its heavily oil-dependent economy.

Two decades is precious little time for such a sweeping transformation, a point few decisionmakers appreciate. The time to formulate policies that encourage more efficient oil use and a switch to alternative energy sources is now. The transportation sector, almost totally dependent on oil, will be especially hard hit. The good news is that only a few simple, though bold, policy changes are needed to ensure a smoother transition.”

“Heading Off the Permanent Oil Crisis,” Issues in Science and Technology, Apr. 14, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, 1986-present
  • Professorial Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Program
  • Senior Staff Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), 1981-1986
  • Senior Staff Member for Energy, President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 1977-1981
  • Former Co-chair, Impacts Panel of the Domestic Policy Review
  • Member, Joint Scientific Staff, Massachusetts and National Audubon Societies, 1970-1977
  • Former Advisor, Fossil Fuels Policy Action Institute
  • Completed post graduate work at Los Alamos Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • PhD, Physics, University of Minnesota
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  1. Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?