Hal Harvey: “Every decade we wait is a thousand years of pain”

CEO, Energy Innovation

“We can basically eliminate pollution from the planet.”

Hal Harvey is optimistic about the future. “We can basically eliminate pollution from the planet,” he says, and it won’t cost much more than continuing on with our current policies.

Harvey has a breadth of experience with clean energy policy and sustainable development issues. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based firm that conducts research and analysis on energy and environmental policy. Harvey additionally advises several groups on energy policy and is a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute, an independent think tank that promotes sustainable development and environmental protection in the U.S. and China.

Previously, Harvey worked to unite foundations interested in clean energy through his founding and leadership of the ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of organizations committed to promoting policies to fight climate change. He also served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and, prior to that, he founded and lead The Energy Foundation.

The author of two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues, Harvey holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in engineering, with an emphasis in energy planning.

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