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Robert N. Stavins, PhD Biography

Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The world is facing a potential catastrophe from greenhouse-gas emissions. But nations don’t have to wreck their economies to avert the crisis…

The move to greener power doesn’t have to be completed immediately, and it doesn’t have to be painful. The right transition plan will increase consumers’ bills gradually and modestly, and allow companies to make gradual, well-timed moves…

Efficiency improvements alone, like the ones that propelled us forward in the past, won’t get us where we need to go by 2050. But this plan doesn’t rely solely on boosting efficiency. It brings together a host of other changes, such as moving toward greener power sources. What’s more, making gradual changes means we don’t have to scrap still-productive power plants, but rather begin to move new investment in the right direction.”

“Yes: The Transition Can Be Gradual – and Affordable,” Wall Street Journal, Sep. 21, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Resources for the Future, 2003-present
  • Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, 2000-present
  • Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-present
  • Former Member, Board of Academic Advisors, American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies
  • Chariman, Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-present
  • Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Clean Air, and Climate Change, Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, US Environmental Protection Agency, 1997-present
  • Chairman, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Scientific Advisory Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2005-2007
  • Chair, Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, Science Advisory Board, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1997-2002
  • Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1997-1998
  • Assoicate Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1992-1997
  • Member, Advisory Panel on Emissions Trading, Sierra Club, 1994-1995.
  • Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1988-1992
  • Member, Working Group on Human Interactions with Global Change, National Research Council, 1989-1990
  • Staff Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, 1982-1983
  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 1988
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, Cornell University,
  • BA, Philosophy, Northwestern University
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1969-1973
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