Last updated on: 2/18/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert L. Hirsch, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Energy Advisor, Management Information Systems Inc. (MISI)
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“In the next few decades world economies will require hydrocarbon liquids from oil, coal, natural gas, heavy oil, oil sands, and enhanced oil recovery. Sugar cane ethanol is also practical, but volumes will be limited. Other biomass liquids are uncertain. Corn-ethanol is an energy & environmental loser, and cellulosic liquids are not yet practical.”

Email to ProCon.org, Feb. 18, 2009

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:
  • Senior Energy Advisor, Management Information Systems Inc. (MISI)
  • National Associate, National Academies
  • Former Senior Energy Advisor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Former Senior Energy Analyst, RAND
  • Former Executive Advisor to the President, Advanced Power Technologies
  • Former Vice President, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Former Vice President and Research Manager, ARCO Oil and Gas Company
  • Former Chairman, ARCO Power Technologies
  • Former Manager, Baytown Research and Development Division, Exxon
  • Former General Manager, Exploratory Research, Exxon
  • Former Assistant Administrator for Solar, Geothermal, and Advanced Energy Systems, US Energy Research and Development Administration (Presidential appointment)
  • Former Director, Division of Magnetic Fusion Energy Research, US Energy Research and Development Administration
  • Former committee member, DOE Energy Research Advisory Board
  • Former Chariman, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, National Research Council
Education:
  • PhD, Engineering and Physics, University of Illinois
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?
  2. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  3. What Is Peak Oil?