Climate Exchange Cool heads tackle our hottest issue
by Marilyn Berlin Snell
Meet the Panelists
Formerly CEO of BHP Billiton--a global coal, metals, and crude-oil mining concern--Paul Anderson was, at the time of Sierra's roundtable, chair of Duke Energy, one of the largest U.S. electric utilities. He is now chair of Duke's natural-gas spin-off, Spectra Energy.
Founding CEO of Sun Microsystems, Vinod Khosla established Khosla Ventures in 2004 to invest in alternative fuels, affordable housing, and small business loans to the very poor (microfinance). One of his projects, in which Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson recently invested $400 million, is developing state-of-the-art ethanol plants.
Codirector of the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at Stanford University, climatologist Stephen Schneider has served as a consultant to federal agencies and White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton administrations. In 1975, Schneider founded the interdisciplinary journal Climatic Change, and since 1997 he has been one of the coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewables during the Clinton administration, Dan Reicher is the cofounder and, at the time of Sierra's roundtable, was president of New Energy Capital Corporation, which develops, owns, and operates renewable energy projects in the northeast United States. He now directs Google's climate and energy initiative, which has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to make green investments and advance policy.
Senator Barbara Boxer's senior policy advisor on global warming, Bettina Poirier is also the senator's staff director and chief counsel for the Environment and Public Works Committee.
After working with the Peace Corps in India, and turns with Zero Population Growth and the League of Conservation Voters, Carl Pope came to the Sierra Club in 1973. Coauthor of Strategic Ignorance, which the New York Review of Books called "splendidly fierce," Pope has been the Club's executive director since 1992.