Last updated on: 10/25/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Klare, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College
Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“That day will come: the life-changing moment when renewable energy—wind, solar, geothermal and others still in development—replace fossil fuels as the principal source of world energy…

The transition to renewables will be hastened by dramatic improvements in the pricing and performance of such systems. Due to steady increases in the efficiency of wind and solar systems, coupled with the savings achieved through large-scale manufacture, the price of renewables is falling globally…

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy will not occur overnight, and it will not escape recurring setbacks. Nevertheless, renewables are likely to replace fossil fuels as the dominant source of electrical power well before mid-century as well as make giant strides in other areas such as transportation.”

“The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think,” scientificamerican.com, Apr. 22, 2015

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:
  • Professor, Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College (a joint appointment at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), 1985-present
  • Director, Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS)
  • Defense correspondent, The Nation magazine
  • Contributing editor, Current History
  • Member, Board of Directors, of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.
Education:
  • PhD, International Relations, Graduate School of the Union Institute, 1976
  • MA, Art History, Columbia University, 1968
Other:
  • Twitter: @mklare1
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?