Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"Moving forward, achieving true energy independence demands that we not only start realizing the importance that coal has in achieving this goal, it means we must also stop demonizing one resource and start developing a comprehensive plan that utilizes all of our domestic resources – coal, natural gas, biomass, nuclear, wind and solar - so that we can, once and for all, end our dependence on foreign oil within this generation.
If we are going to be truly secure, we must declare our country to be energy independent, and every state in this great nation must do its part. West Virginia is using every ounce of its natural resources – our coal, our abundant supply of natural gas, biomass, wind, hydroelectric, solar – all of which should be used in the most environmentally responsible way."
"Achieving Energy Independence," manchin.senate.gov (accessed Jan. 12, 2015)
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:
US Senator (D-WV), Nov. 15, 2010-present
Member, US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Member, US Senate Armed Services Committee
Member, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Member, US Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Chairman, National Governors Association, 2010
Former Chairman, Southern States Energy Board
Former President, Council of State Governments
Former Chairman, Democratic Governors Association
Former Chairman, Southern Governors Association
Governor, West Virginia, Jan. 2005-Nov. 2010
Secretary of State, West Virginia Jan. 2001-Jan. 2005
Ran for Governor of West Virginia, 1996
Member, West Virginia State Senate 1986-1996
Member, West Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-1986