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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

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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