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John P. Holdren

John P. Holdren

Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

Member of the Board (on leave), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

Experience

John P. Holdren is on leave to serve as the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy.

 

 

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2013

Patrick Cashin MTA Photo

October 28, 2013

"After Sandy, Rebuilding Smarter with S&T"

Op-Ed, OSTP Blog

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

"Increasing America's preparedness for future storms means more than building taller and stronger barriers to stand up against severe weather. A climate-resilient America is one built on a foundation of the best information and innovative ideas and one that incorporates scientific knowledge to understand risks, take preventative steps, improve disaster-response and recovery, and protect our communities."

 

 

January 11, 2013

"Expanding the Climate Change Conversation"

Op-Ed, OSTP Blog

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and Jane Lubchenco

"...[A] committee of independent advisors to the U.S. Government released its first draft of a new National Climate Assessment (NCA)—a 400-page synthesis of scientists' current understanding of climate change and its impacts in the United States. The Global Change Research Act of 1990 calls for an NCA to be produced at least every four years—the last came out in 2009. The draft NCA is a scientific document—not a policy document—and does not make recommendations regarding actions that might be taken in response to climate change. Today is the first time the Government has been presented with this draft and the administration will be one of a number of entities that will begin the process of reviewing it. When completed about a year from now, however—after considerable inputs from the public and expert reviewers—it will represent the most thorough, rigorous, and transparent assessment ever of climate change and its U.S. impacts."

 

2009

AP Photo

Fall 2009

"Energy for Change: Introduction to the Special Issue on Energy & Climate Change"

Journal Article, Innovations, issue 4, volume 4

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

"Without energy, there is no economy. Without climate, there is no environment. Without economy and environment, there is no material well-being, no civil society, no personal or national security. The overriding problem associated with these realities, of course, is that the world has long been getting most of the energy its economies need from fossil fuels whose emissions are imperiling the climate that its environment needs."

 

 

May 2009

"Policy for Energy Technology Innovation"

Book Chapter

By Laura Diaz Anadon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy; Associate Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program; Co-PI, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group and John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

"The United States ought to be the leader of the world in the energy technology innovation that is needed. It has the largest economy, uses the most energy (and within that total the most oil), has made the largest cumulative contribution to the atmospheric buildup of fossil carbon dioxide that is the dominant driver of global climate change, has a large balance of payments stake in competitiveness in the global energy technology market as well as a large stake in the worldwide economic and security benefits of meeting global energy needs in affordable and sustainable ways, and possesses by many measures the most capable scientific and engineering workforce in the world. The actual performance of this country in energy-technology innovation, however, has been falling short by almost every measure...."

 

2008

Tom FitzSimmons

December 20, 2008

Harvard Kennedy School's John P. Holdren Named Obama's Science Advisor

Press Release

By Sharon Wilke, Associate Director of Communications, Sasha Talcott, Former Director of Communications and Outreach and John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

President-elect Barack Obama announced in his radio address Saturday that he has selected Harvard's John P. Holdren to serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology in the new administration. The post, popularly known as "the President's science advisor," also includes directorship of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and requires Senate confirmation. 

 

 

August 5, 2008

"Climate-Change Skeptics Revisited"

Paper

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

STPP Director John P. Holdren's August 4, 2008, op-ed, "Convincing Climate Change Skeptics", which appeared in both the Boston Globe and International Herald Tribune, has generated much criticism. Professor Holdren has written this essay in response.

 

 

August 4, 2008

"Convincing the Climate-Change Skeptics"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

"THE FEW climate-change "skeptics" with any sort of scientific credentials continue to receive attention in the media out of all proportion to their numbers, their qualifications, or the merit of their arguments. And this muddying of the waters of public discourse is being magnified by the parroting of these arguments by a larger population of amateur skeptics with no scientific credentials at all....The extent of unfounded skepticism about the disruption of global climate by human-produced greenhouse gases is not just regrettable, it is dangerous. It has delayed — and continues to delay — the development of the political consensus that will be needed if society is to embrace remedies commensurate with the challenge."

 

 

July 9, 2008

Report of the Harvard University Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Report

By William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development; Co-director, Sustainability Science Program; Faculty Chair, ENRP and John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

Harvard University released the report of its Greenhouse Gas Task Force. The task force, appointed by President Drew Faust in February, proposes elements of a framework for much-intensified efforts to reduce the University's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of a broader effort to promote environmental sustainability.

 

 

March 31, 2008

"Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Discuss Energy and Environment–Related Challenges for China and the World"

Event Report

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and Kelly Sims Gallagher, Senior Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group

Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood and HKS faculty John P. Holdren and Kelly Gallagher participated in a panel discussion on "The Challenge of Energy and Environment in China" in Shanghai, China.

 

 

March 14, 2008

"Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy To Meet America’s Energy Challenges"

Presentation

By John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

John P. Holdren provides the context for and an overview of the recommendations made by the National Commission on Energy Policy its 2004 and 2007 reports to the President and Congress of the United States.

 

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