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John Farrell, MPP Biography

Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[O]ur vision is that communities enrich their local economies by being masters of the transition to 100% renewable energy… It’s a vision we’ve been helping implement for over 40 years…

Consider the situation. The forces arrayed against a clean energy economy are large, powerful, well-financed and ultimately have a vested economic interest in resisting change…

Rules that create an equitable, local energy economy will give more Americans a vested, economic self-interest in the 100% renewable energy transition and not just a moral or emotional one.”

“Why Democratic Energy Offers Faster Approach to Clean Energy,”, May 22, 2015

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:
  • Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Economies Law Center, May 2015-present
  • Board Member, Community Power Network (Washington, DC), Jan. 2014-present
  • Board President, Community Power (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN), Jan. 2014-present
  • Director, Democratic Energy, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 2006-present
  • Research Consultant, Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota, Aug. 2005-Oct. 2006
  • Analyst, Minnesota Public Radio, Jan. 2005-July 2005
  • Communications Consultant, Think Again MN, 2004-present
  • Research Assistant, Humphrey Institute, May 2003-Dec. 2004
  • Treasurer, Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, 2002-2003
  • Research Assistant, The Urban Institute, June 2001-Dec. 2001
  • MPP, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • BA, American Politics and Participatory Democracy, Mathematics, St. Olaf College, 2001

Twitter handle: @johnffarrell

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