Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"There is plenty of good research that indicates that clean energy technology is competitive with fossil fuel technology when all costs are added in. Additionally, the cost of solar energy, wind energy, and energy efficiency is dropping precipitously, and in many places, is competing successfully in the free market even before we consider the costs of pollution...
The concerns of communities that have coal-based economies are real and legitimate, and I believe any true climate solution must prioritize solutions for everyone. The President recognizes that and proposed $55 million next year to help affected communities diversify their economies, offer job training, and ensure a just transition.
This will require compromise, and it will require those of us on the left to concede that fossil fuels will not disappear instantaneously, and it will require those on the right to recognize that investing in clean energy technologies doesn't mean picking winners and losers. We have wind energy in nearly all states - in fact, more in Republican than Democratic states - and we have Tea Party members everywhere who love the freedom and liberty that rooftop solar offers, and we have clean energy progressives, including me, who understand that we have to deal with the energy system we have, not the one we wish we had."
"Senator Schatz Calls for Bipartisan Solutions to America's Energy Security and Climate Change," schatz.senate.gov, Feb. 9, 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-HI), 2012-present
Member, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Member, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations
Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Former Chair, Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power
Lieutenant Governor, Hawaii, 2010-2012
Chairman, Democratic Party of Hawaii, 2008-2011
Hawaii Spokesman, Obama presidential campaign, 2008
CEO, Helping Hands Hawaii, 2002-2010
State Representative, Hawaii, 1998-2006
Former Community Organizer involved with beach preservation
Former Teacher, Punahou High School, Honolulu, Hawaii