Last updated on: 8/12/2009 | Author:

Robert W. Righter, PhD Biography

Research Professor of History at Southern Methodist University
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The opportunity exists today to develop vibrant renewable energy industries in the United States and Canada that create jobs and wealth by using our abundant domestic renewable energy resources…

By increasing our shift from burning fossil fuels to using our own renewable energy, REP [Renewable Energy Payment] policies will improve our states’, provinces’ and nations’ energy security by lessening our reliance on imported fossil fuels. They will help each state, province and nation reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and achieve their long-term renewable energy goals.

Our federal, state, and provincial legislatures should enact these policies as quickly as possible to create a cleaner, healthier, and wealthier future for our current citizens and for future generations.”

“Renewable Energy Payments Endorsement Statement,” (accessed June 18, 2009)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Professor, History, Southern Methodist University
  • Emeritus Professor, History, University of Texas at El Paso
  • National Council Member, American Prairie Foundation
  • Member, Sierra Club, American Wind Energy Association, Organization of American Historians, American Society of Environmental Historians, Forest History Association, and the Western History Association
  • Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, 1973-1988
  • Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, 1969-1973
  • Instructor, San Jose State Univeristy, 1967-1969
  • PhD, History, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1968
  • MA, San Jose State University, 1963
  • BA, Willamette University, 1955
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