You Can't Get There From Here: Why the U.S. Needs a Global Energy Security Roadmap
Hear a leading authority describe the economic opportunities, geopolitical hazards and what Jackson contends is our misplaced focus on "energy independence."
Jackson, the former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and experienced task-force participant, will outline the necessary components of a comprehensive plan-The Commonwealth Club of California
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe.
Her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "Quiet Crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.
A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). She is a Vice Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chairs its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative.
She is past President (2004) and Chairman of the Board (2005) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National
Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and AAAS.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the NYSE Euronext, serves on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and as a director of
IBM, FedEx, Marathon Oil, Medtronic, and PSEG.
She also is a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Calling her a "national treasure," the National Science Board selected her as its 2007 Vannevar
Bush Award recipient for "a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education, and senior statesman-like contributions to public
The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson defines energy security, which is different for every country, and outlines six basic principles the United States should follow to achieve comprehensive global energy security.
The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson discusses what she calls the quiet crisis, which is diminishing the availability of scientist, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists America needs. She cites education practices, strict immigration policy, and demographic shifts as the roots of the looming talent gap.
The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, discusses nuclear energy waste management and various disposal and storage solutions, including the solution offered by fission.