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Dr. Joseph Romm is a senior fellow at American Progress. He oversees the blog, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Fifteen Favorite Websites for the Environment in 2007. In December 2008, Romm was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “distinguished service toward a sustainable energy future and for persuasive discourse on why citizens, corporations, and governments should adopt sustainable technologies.” In a March 2009 column in the New York Times, Tom Friedman noted that Dr. Romm is “a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog” In March 2009, Rolling Stone also named him one of of “The 100 People Who Are Changing America” calling him “America’s fiercest climate-change blogger.” And in April, U.S. News & World Report named him “one of the most influential energy and environmental policymakers in the Obama era.”

Dr. Romm served as acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during 1997 and principal deputy assistant secretary from 1995 though 1998. In that capacity, he helped manage the largest program in the world for working with businesses to develop and use advanced transportation and clean energy technologies—$1 billion aimed at energy efficiency, hybrid vehicles, electric batteries, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, renewable energy, distributed generation, and biofuels. Dr. Romm helped lead the administration’s climate technology policy formulation, and initiated, supervised, and publicized a comprehensive technical analysis by five national laboratories of how energy technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions at low-cost: Scenarios of U.S. Carbon Reductions.

He is author of Hell and High Water: Global WarmingThe Solution and The Politics (William Morrow, January 2007). He is coauthor of the Scientific American article, “Hybrid Vehicles Gain Traction” (April 2006) and author of The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact and Fiction in the Race to Save the Climate, named one of the best science and technology books of 2004 by Library Journal.

Romm holds a Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. and researched his thesis on physical oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. More information on him can be found in his Wikipedia entry.

By Joseph Romm
Japan and Future of U.S. Nuclear PowerCNNMarch 14, 2011
The Need to Beat Our Oil AddictionCenter for American ProgressMay 3, 2010
Using Tax Incentives to Drive the Green Job EconomyCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2010
Real Science Comes to WashingtonCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2009
The United States Needs a Tougher Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2020Center for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2009
Warning to Taxpayers, Investors: Nukes May Become Troubled AssetsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2009
The Staggering Cost of New Nuclear PowerCenter for American ProgressJanuary 5, 2009
Is the Financial Crisis More Dire than the Climate Crisis?Center for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2008
Ain’t No Wind in T. Boone Pickens’ SailsCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2008
The Economist Debate Series: Global Energy CrisisCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2008
Why We Never Need to Build Another Polluting Power PlantCenter for American ProgressJuly 28, 2008
Relief from High Oil PricesCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2008
The High Cost of Nuclear PowerCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2008
Two Takes: The U.S. Needs to End Its Energy DependenceCenter for American ProgressJuly 10, 2008
Cleaning Up on CarbonCenter for American ProgressJune 19, 2008
The Last Car You Would Ever Buy—LiterallyCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2008
Bursting the Oil BubbleCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2008
Let’s Dump “Earth Day”Center for American ProgressApril 22, 2008
Peak oil? Consider it solvedCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2008
People Watch: Political WarmingCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2008
Fuels for the Future: Romm’s Testimony to CongressCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2007
The Best Clean-Tech BookCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2007
History Won’t Warm to “W”Center for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2007