Abstract: Managing requires two-sided reasoning, where both the risks of climate change and the risks of climate change solutions are taken into account.
Bio: Robert Socolow is professor emeritus, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University. From 2000 to 2019, Rob and Steve Pacala were the co-principal investigator of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, http://cmi.princeton.edu/, a twenty-five-year (2001-2025) project supported by BP. With Pacala he wrote “Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies” (Science (2004). From 2013 to 2019 Rob led the “distillate” project, which produced monographs on wind power, solar power, nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, and grid-scale storage, http://acee.princeton.edu/distillates/.
Rob is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rob was the editor of Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 1992-2002.
Rob earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in theoretical high-energy physics in 1964.