Last updated on: 9/18/2009 | Author:

Timothy E. Wirth, PhD Biography

President of the United Nations Foundation
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“Natural gas can serve as a bridge fuel to a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. In particular, natural gas can provide the critical low-carbon ‘firming’ or back-up fuel that can enable deep market penetration of both wind power and concentrated solar thermal power. The marriage of gas and renewable energy in the form of hybrid wind-gas and solargas plants addresses the issue of renewable intermittency, greatly enabling low-cost/low emissions power generation…

The goal… would be to meet future electricity demand with efficiency in addition to wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other similar renewable sources as well as natural gas.”

“Natural Gas: A Bridge Fuel for the 21st Century,”, Aug. 10, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, United Nations Foundation, 1997-present
  • Recipient, Champion of the Earth Award, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Lead US Negotiator, Kyoto Climate Conference
  • Chair, United States Delegation, Cairo Conference on Population and Development, 1994
  • Undersecretary for Global Affairs, Department of State, 1993-1997
  • United States Senator (D-CO), 1987-1993
  • Former Member, United States Senate Committies on Armed Services, Budget, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Energy and Natural Resources
  • United States Representative (D-CO), 1975-1987
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1969-1970
  • White House Fellow, 1967-1968
  • Former Member, Colorado Hispanic Agenda
  • Former Board Member, Denver Planned Parenthood
  • Founding Board Member, Denver Head Start
  • Former Member, Harvard Board of Overseers
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1973
  • MA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1964
  • BA, Harvard University, 1961
  • Author of the Colorado Wilderness Bill
  • Author of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Act of 1978
  • United States Army Reserve 1961-1967
  • Born Sep. 22, 1939, in New Mexico