Energy has been a hot topic in politics in the United States and around the world in recent years, and for good reason. Many current forms of energy cultivation, such as coal, are dirty and release massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. To complicate matters, the current federal administration ran on promoting a coal-based economy in the United States, instead of the advancement of renewable energy technology.
In case you missed my previous article about him, Frank A. Felder is the acting director of the Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy at Rutgers University. Over his years of research, he has published a multitude of peer-reviewed articles on how the field of energy interconnects with climate change and economics, as well as renewable energy options in the United States. For those interested, one example of his work on energy and climate change is linked here. In addition to being a current lecturer at Rutgers, he has also taught courses on energy policy in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Canada.
In one of Felder’s articles, he mentioned that, “States like New Jersey and California have mandated an ambitious GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050.” To reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by 80 percent in such a short time requires immediate action by the government and energy policy makers, a fact Dr. Felder was adamant about in my time with him.
Because of the need for immediate action, grants for proper research by experts, like Dr. Felder, on alternative energy options is essential for policy makers to identify the country’s best options heading forward. As a United States citizen concerned with climate change, I hope scientists like Dr. Felder receive the proper funding and recognition for their work needed to move energy policy forward.