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Robert C. Byrd, JD Biography

Former United States Senator (D-WV)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“I support a broad energy portfolio. Renewable energies have their place in that portfolio, but they are not a panacea. Certainly one renewable energy alone, like wind, will not guarantee our Nation’s energy independence. We need to expand our use of other renewable and alternative fuels. Solar is important, geothermal is showing promise, tidal has great possibilities, and biomass–particularly when combined with coal to help immediately reduce emissions that concern us all–is certainly a fuel worth investing in.”

“New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act and the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007,” US Senate Speech, Apr. 10, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (D-WV), 1958-2010
  • President Pro Tempore, US Senate
  • Senior member, Committee on Appropriations, US Senate
  • Chariman, Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, US Senate
  • Member, Committee on Armed Forces, US Senate
  • Member, Committee on Rules and Administration, US Senate
  • Member, Committee on the Budget, US Senate
  • United States Representative (D-WV), 1953-1958
  • Member, West Virginia Senate, 1951-1952
  • Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1947-1950
  • BA, Political Science, Marshall University, 1994
  • JD, American University, 1963
  • Born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina on Nov. 20, 1917
  • Died, June 28, 2010
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?