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Richard Schiffman Biography

Environmental Journalist
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“However difficult and expensive it may be at the outset to green the U.S. power system, it won’t take long before our initial investment begins to pay off in lower electric bills — which are no longer a hostage to global oil prices — and a cleaner environment…

It does cost more to build wind farms and install solar arrays. But once these plants are set up and running, they have lower operation and maintenance costs than conventional power on a yearly basis. No more regular fuel bills and only minimal expenses for upkeep of solar, for example, which has no movable parts that wear out and need to be replaced.

The price argument is also fallacious because we have never paid the real price for the power we use, which includes the cost to the environment and human health of the carbon pollution that fossil-fuel mining and burning generates…

We should be supporting technologies that help us to put the brake on destructive climate change, rather than feeding the unsustainable fossil-fuel habit that is driving it.”

“Why the Shift to Alternate Energies Continues, Despite Shale Boom,”, June 26, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Environmental Journalist
  • BA, Anthropology, Beloit College, 1974
  • Twitter: @Schiffman108
  • Has had articles published in over 35 publications, including Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American, and New York Times.
  • Poetry has been published in many journals; his “Spiritual Poetry Portal” is available at
  • Traveled to Jillellamudi Village in South India to meet a Hindu spiritual leader known as the “Mother of Jillellamudi”
  • Based in New York
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  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?