Last updated on: 7/1/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Myron Ebell, MSc Biography

Title:
Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“[W]ind energy is the only economically viable renewable energy source given current technologies. Although other renewable sources, such as biomass and solar, have long-term potential, they are
currently no more than niche technologies.

Even assuming that these technologies improve significantly in the next decade or two, a major logistical obstacle will remain. The technology to convert biomass into electricity remains prohibitively expensive and uncertain. Huge investments will be needed to build infrastructure to gather and transport large quantities of biomass to generating plants.

With solar energy, the near-term potential is almost certainly at the consumer level rather than large-scale generation, again because of cost and reliability issues. In other words, the potential for photovoltaic panels is greater on rooftops than across deserts.”

Cowritten with William Yeatman, “Gone With the Wind,” www.cei.org, June 12, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
  • Chair, Cooler Heads Coalition
  • Global Warming Expert, The Heartland Institute
  • Former Policy Director, Frontiers of Freedom
  • Former Senior Legislative Assistant, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)
  • Former Washington Representative, American Land Rights Association
  • Former Assistant to the Chariman, National Taxpayers Union
Education:
  • MSc, London School of Economics (England)
  • BA, Colorado College
Other:
  • Named a “Climate Criminal” by Greenpeace, 2005
  • Named one of six top global warming “misleaders,” Rolling Stone, 2005
  • Has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows, including: ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, PBS News Hour, BBC Newsnight, BBC World, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, MSNBC, ITN, Voice of America, Televisa, Sky TV, Al Jazeera, PBS NOW, Fox News Special Report with Brit Hume, O’Reilly Factor, and Hannity and Colmes
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Implement a Carbon Cap and Trade System?