Last updated on: 9/3/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert C. Byrd, JD Biography

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

“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

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:
  • 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
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, Marshall University, 1994
  • JD, American University, 1963
Other:
  • 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?