Honorary Visiting Fellow at Oxford University Green College
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"When, in the 18th century, only one billion people lived on Earth, their impact was small enough for it not to matter what energy source they used.
But with six billion, and growing, few options remain; we can not continue drawing energy from fossil fuels and there is no chance that the renewables, wind, tide and water power can provide enough energy and in time. If we had 50 years or more we might make these our main sources. But we do not have 50 years; the Earth is already so disabled by the insidious poison of greenhouse gases that even if we stop all fossil fuel burning immediately, the consequences of what we have already done will last for 1,000 years. Every year that we continue burning carbon makes it worse for our descendants and for civilisation.
Worse still, if we burn crops grown for fuel this could hasten our decline. Agriculture already uses too much of the land needed by the Earth to regulate its climate and chemistry. A car consumes 10 to 30 times as much carbon as its driver; imagine the extra farmland required to feed the appetite of cars.
By all means, let us use the small input from renewables sensibly, but only one immediately available source does not cause global warming and that is nuclear energy."
“James Lovelock: Nuclear Power Is the Only Green Solution,” Independent, May 24, 2004
Experts 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:
Honorary Visiting Fellow, Green College at Oxford University, 1994-present
Recipient, Companion of Honor, Order of the Companions of Honor, 2003
President, Marine Biological Association at Plymouth, 1986-1990
Recipient, Companion of the Order of the British Empire, 1990
Recipient, Amsterdam Prize for the Environment, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1988
Recipient, Norbert Gerbier Prize, World Meteorological Organization, 1988
Recipient, Silver Medal Prize, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, 1986
Recipient, American Chemical Society award for chromatography, 1980
Recipient, Tswett Medal for Chromatography, 1975
Fellow, Royal Society, 1974, 1975
Professor of Chemistry, Baylor University College of Medicine (Houston, TX), 1961-1964
Employee, National Institute for Medical Research (London, UK), 1941-1961
Visiting Scientist, Yale University Medical School, 1958-1959
Rockefeller Travelling Fellowship in Medicine, Harvard University, 1954-1955
DSc, Biophysics, London University, 1959
PhD, London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine, 1948
Honorary Doctorates in Science, University of East Anglia, Plymouth Polytechnic, Exeter University, Stockholm University, University of Edinburgh, University of Kent, University of East London, University of Colorado