Last updated on: 10/29/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Matthew Simmons, MBA Biography

Title:
President of Simmons & Company
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“There are a host of potential sources of energy in the ocean. Waves, tides, and currents are the most obvious, and maybe the most limited. So it’s an area that could have a vast scope, but it’s had almost no one working on it. There’s probably less than 60 projects going on in the world today and they’re all undercapitalized. Whereas, what’s a little bit discouraging to me is how daunting the challenge is for almost all the other forms of alternative energy that we know about. Corn-based ethanol was just a terrible, tragic mistake.”

“An Interview with Matthew Simmons,” www.financialsense.com, Jan. 9, 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:
  • Founder and President, Simmons & Company, 1974-present
  • Member, Board of Deans Advisors, Harvard Business School
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Member, Advisory Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Trustee, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Kerr-McGee Corporation, Brown-Forman Corporation, The Initiative for a Competitive Iner City, Houston Technology Center, and the Center for Houston’s Future
  • Former President, Harvard Business School Alumni Association
  • Former Chairman, National Ocean Industry Association
  • Former Research Associate, Harvard Business School
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BA, cum laude, University of Utah
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?