Mary Nichols was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007, returning to the same position she held under Gov. Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.
Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. She has previously served as assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation under the Clinton administration, secretary of the California Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment.
Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.
Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment.
As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
Any of various renewable power sources to use in place of fossil fuels and uranium. Fusion devices (seenuclear fusion) are believed by some to be the best long-term option, because their primary energy source would be deuterium, abundant in ordinary water. Other technologies include solar energy, wind power, tidal power, wave power, hydroelectric power, and geothermal energy. The amount of energy in such renewable and virtually pollution-free sources is large in relation to world energy needs, yet at present only a small portion of it can be converted to electric power at reasonable cost.
We can get off most fossil fuels within 20-30 years if we put a concerted effort into solar, wind, fuel cells, electric cars, algae biofuels, and new nuclear technologies.
We also need a new national smart power grid to move electricity.
We can use a carbon tax on fossil fuels to pay for it, and it'll provide millions of JOBS that can't be exported.
Europe & China are ALREADY doing this and America will lose out in future green energy technologies, if we don't.
We owe it to our grandchildren.
Some new fuel cells & wind are ALREADY competitive. Solar will be economically competitive within 5 years. However, we need to build a SMART power grid to get wind power from Midwest farms to the cities, and so we can put solar panels on our roofs and sell unused power back to the grid.
New algae biofuels can suck up CO2 coming out of fossil fuel plants & I just read about a new nanotechnology battery made from PAPER.
Stop oil subsidies. We must wrest Congress from the oil & gas lobbies!