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Daniel M. Kammen

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Daniel M. Kammen

Professor, Energy and Resources Group; Professor, Public Policy; Professor, Nuclear Engineering; and Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
University of California, Berkeley
science and policy of energy systems
engineering, management, and dissemination of renewable energy systems
health and environmental impacts of energy generation and use
rural resource management, including issues of gender and ethnicity
international research and development policy, climate change
energy forecasting and risk analysis


Dr. Kammen brings to the analysis of national and international energy policy an understanding of the technology as well as of the economics and the policy landscape. He sees value in greater emphasis on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power and biomass, not only because it is better for the environment, but also because it would improve our nation's security by lessening reliance on imported oil. Renewables also would produce more jobs than an equivalent investment in fossil fuel energy sources, according to a recent study by Kammen. He also argues that renewables are a better investment than highly touted but uncertain exotic new technologies such as hydrogen fuel. He has testified before U. S. House and Senate committees on energy and environmental issues. He has advised the New Apollo Energy Project, an initiative spearheaded by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Rep. Jay Inslee, (D-Wash.), to replace the energy bill now languishing in Congress with a new bill emphasizing energy independence and weaning the country from a reliance on imported fossil fuels by 2010. Kammen has been a guest on National Public Radio's Science Friday and has been interviewed by CNN and numerous local television and radio stations on energy, environmental and risk policy issues, and current events. He is very comfortable in front of the camera, and recently was interviewed by Alan Alda for an upcoming Scientific American Frontiers program called Future Car, set to air in May 2004. Kammen advises the United States and Swedish Agencies for International Development, the World Bank, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the African Academy of Sciences and the President's Committee on Science and Technology, and is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is the author of over 150 journal publications; a book on environmental, technological, and health risks, "Should We Risk It?" (Princeton University Press) and numerous reports on renewable energy and development.

310 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley  California  94720
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 642-1139
Office Fax: 
(510) 642-1085


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