Last updated on: 10/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

United States Department of Energy (DOE) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“To meet increasing U.S. energy demand, we must continue to advance energy solutions that will not only improve our energy security, but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of environmental degradation.

Our collective success in this effort depends on the aggressive pursuit of a suite of policy options and technology investments to break our dependence on fossil fuels increase our energy efficiency, and harness the tremendous power of alternative sources of energy. Our national strategy can be summarized this way: to diversify our energy sources, our energy suppliers, and our energy supply routes…

Any comprehensive strategy must recognize that our energy challenges have been decades in the making and certainly won’t be resolved overnight. So even as we rightly place a great deal of emphasis on renewable energy and alternative fuels, it is clear that our economy is – and will remain for some time – dependent on fossil energy. We must diversify the available supply of conventional fuels and expand production around the world and here at home– including within a small area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and portions of America’s Outer Continental Shelf – in an environmentally sensitive and efficient manner. Also, we must maintain an adequate liquefied natural gas infrastructure and promote the development of nontraditional fossil fuels like oil shale and oil sands.”

US Department of Energy statement written by Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman, “Developing a Cleaner, Sustainable, and More Secure Energy Future,” Washington Times, Apr. 22, 2008

Description:

“The Department of Energy (DOE) contributes to the future of the Nation by ensuring energy security, maintaining the safety, security and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile, cleaning up the environment from the legacy of the Cold War, and developing innovations in science and technology.

The DOE is principally a national security agency and all of its missions flow from this core mission to support national security. These various missions are managed by Program Offices at DOE.”

“Organization,” www.energy.gov (accessed May 7, 2008)

Mission:

“The Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.”

“About DOE,” www.energy.gov (accessed May 7, 2008)

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Quoted in:
  1. Is Large-Scale Wind Power Production Environmentally Friendly?
  2. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?
  3. Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Needed to Produce It?
  4. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?
  5. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
  6. Should the US Use Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) to Extract Natural Gas?
  7. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?
  8. Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
  9. Is Nuclear Power Cost-Effective?
  10. What Are Fossil Fuels?
  11. Will the Development of Biofuels, Such as Ethanol, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
  12. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?
  13. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?