Last updated on: 12/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Jonathan Pershing, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Energy security and environmental goals need not be at odds. Improvements in energy efficiency and reductions in energy demand provide a ‘double win,’ reducing pressure on energy sources as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. Some supply measures provide the same double advantage. For example, lower-carbon energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower provide domestically produced energy that can substantially reduce emissions compared to fossil fuels.”

“Testimony of Dr. Jonathan Pershing Before the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe,” World Resources Institute website, May 6, 2008

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:
  • Director, Climate, Energy and Pollution Program, World Resources Institute
  • Member, Resources Panel, Northeast States Regional Greenhouse Gas
    Initiative
  • Member, California Market Advisory Committee
  • Member, Advisory Board, Oregon Climate Trust
  • Member, Chicago Climate Exchange
  • Contributor, “Expert Blogs: Energy & Environment,” NationalJournal.com
  • Has testified before the US Senate and US House of Representatives
  • Member, Core Writing Team, AR4 Synthesis Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Senior US Negotiator, Kyoto Protocol, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1997
  • Senior US Negotiator, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1992
  • Head, Energy and Environment Division, International Energy Agency (IEA), 1990–1998
  • Former Deputy Director and Science Advisor, Office of Global Change, US State Department
  • Former Professor, American University
  • Former Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Former Petroleum and Mining Exploration Geologist, Alaska
Education:
  • PhD, Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota
  • Queens College, City University of New York, 1981
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?