Last updated on: 12/15/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph Romm, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress
Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“[W]ind power is coming of age. In 2007, some 20,000 megawatts of wind were installed globally, enough to power 6 million homes. Sadly, most wind power manufacturers are no longer American, thanks to decades of funding cuts by conservatives. Still, new wind is poised to be a bigger contributor to U.S. (and global) electricity generation than new nuclear power in the coming decades. As I have written earlier, concentrated solar power could be an even bigger power source, and it can even share power lines with wind.

That means we can realistically envision an electric grid built around renewables: electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions, no fuel cost (and no future price volatility) and no radioactive waste.”

“Winds of Change,” Salon, May 17, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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, Center For American Progress
  • Executive Director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Project, Future Directions for Hydrogen Energy Research and Education
  • Principal, Capital E (consulting company)
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1995-1998
  • Acting Assistant Secretary, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1997
Education:
  • PhD, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Other:
  • Consultant, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Collins Pine, Nike, Timberland, Texaco, and Lockheed-Martin
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Cost-Effective?
  2. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?