Last updated on: 10/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Lisbeth D. Gronlund, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Scientist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Global Security Program
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Roughly 86 percent of the energy Americans consumed in 2005 was generated from fossil fuels, which produce global warming emissions. Nuclear power supplied 8 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while hydroelectric power plants and other forms of renewable energy, including biomass, geothermal, wind, and solar, provided the remaining 6 percent…

Of the electricity used in the United States in 2005, fossil fuels generated 70 percent, nuclear power supplied roughly 21 percent, and hydroelectric dams and other renewable energy sources provided 9 percent…”

Cowritten with D. Lochbaum and E. Lyman, “Nuclear Power in a Warming World: Assessing the Risks, Addressing the Challenges,” www.ucsusa.org, Dec. 2007

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:
  • Senior Scientist and Co-Director, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Global Security Program, 1992-present
  • Research Affiliate, Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, Panel of Public Affairs, American Physics Society (APS)
  • Board member, The Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science
  • Associate Editor, Science and Global Security
  • Co-founder and organizer, International Summer Symposiums on Science and World Affairs
  • Co-recipient, Joseph A. Burton Forum Award, APS, 2001
  • SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow, International Peace and Security, Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland, 1990-1992
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Defense and Arms Control Studies Program, MIT, 1988-1990
Education:
  • PhD, Theoretical Physics, Cornell University, 1989
  • BA, Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1982
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?