Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"By 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration, the consumption of electricity in the United States is expected to increase by approximately 40% over current levels. At the same time, to responsibly address the risks posed by potential climate change, we must substantially reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of our economy in a way which allows for continued economic growth and the benefits that energy provides. This is not a trivial matter – it implies a substantial change in the way we produce and consume electricity. Technologies to reduce CO2 emissions
from coal will necessarily be one part of an economy-wide solution that includes greater end-use efficiency, increasing renewable energy, more efficient use of natural gas, expanded nuclear power, and similar transformations in the transportation, commercial, industrial and residential sectors of our economy."
“Future of Coal,” testimony for the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Mar. 22, 2007
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:
President and CEO, Holy Cross Energy, July 2017-present
Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), June 2013-June 2017
Member, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, and the International Association for Energy Economics
Vice President, Environment and Generation, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 2006-2013
Special Assistant to the President for Energy Policy, National Economic Council, The White House, 2004-2006
Assistant Professioral Lecturer, George Washington University, 2004-2006
Chief of Staff, White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), 2003-2006
Associate Director for Energy and Transportation, Council on Environmental Quality, The White House, 2003-2005
Staff Scientist, US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, 1999-2003
PhD, Earth System Science, University of California at Irvine, 2000
MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California at Irvine, 1994