Last updated on: 8/10/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Randall, MIA, MS Biography

Title:
Deputy Sustainability Editor at Bloomberg News
Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back.

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added…

The price of wind and solar power continues to plummet, and is now on par or cheaper than grid electricity in many areas of the world…

The question is no longer if the world will transition to cleaner energy, but how long it will take.”

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” bloomberg.com, Apr. 14, 2015

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:
  • Deputy Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg News, 2011-present
  • Health and Science Reporter, Bloomberg News, 2006-2011
  • Media Strategy Consultant, Columbia Journalism Review, 2006
  • Co-Editor, SIPA News, 2005-2006
  • Publishing and Acquisitions Editor, Economics and Political Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000-2002
Education:
  • MIA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2006
  • MS, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, 2005
  • BA, English and Communications, Drake University, 1999
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @tsrandall
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