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John Kerry, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Secretary of State
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“We need to make our country a leader in the production of clean energy technology, from cars and batteries to wind and solar technology to technology we haven’t even dreamed of yet. And we direct local, state and federal authorities to take carbon pollution into account when planning new transportation projects. With these new policies and the price signal on carbon pollution, we can finally end our oil addiction and give the wind, solar, and other clean fuels the level playing field they need to grow.

Look, it’s long, long overdue for America to lead. Economically, we need to get out in front of the clean energy economy of the 21st century to become the leader on technologies that will power the world…

[T]hat’s why we make strong investments in clean coal technology. And we make sure that nuclear power also has a fighting chance by streamlining and reforming the permitting process and making loan guarantees available.”

“Transforming Our Power,” www.huffingtonpost.com, May 12, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
  • Visiting Distinguished Statesman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • US Secretary of State, Feb. 1, 2013-Jan. 2017
  • US Senator (D-MA), Jan. 3, 1985–Feb. 1, 2013
  • Chair, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, US Senate Finance Committee
  • Member, US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Democratic Nominee, US President, 2004
  • Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts, 1982-1984
  • First Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1977-1979
  • Prosecutor, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1976-1977
  • Passed the Massachusetts Bar, 1976
  • Executive Director, Mass Action, Massachusetts, 1974
  • Fundraiser, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), 1972-1973
  • Founding Member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), 1970
  • Lieutenant, US Navy, 1970
  • Lieutenant Junior grade, US Navy, 1968
  • Inducted, Skull and Bones Society, 1967
Education:
  • JD, Boston College Law School, 1976
  • Attended, US Navy Officer Candidate School, 1967
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1966
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Will Increased Oil Drilling Help the US Solve Its Energy Crisis?