Sasha Mackler

Sasha Mackler is the Research Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy. His focus is on the potential for low-carbon energy technologies to diminish the risks of climate change, and how these technologies could be developed and deployed on a large scale. Mackler holds a Master of Science in earth resources engineering and a master's degree in public administration, both from Columbia University.

A conversation on coal

Mackler, take 3: The technology is right here, right now

This is the fifth entry in a series of six email exchanges between two climate-change experts on the future use of coal. The series was originally posted here. Editorial note: Current social and political barriers to adopting carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) are not insurmountable, Mackler argues. The first step toward a solution lies with the coalitions that are developing to drive the legislation that will provide acceptable regulation of the capture and storage industry. The stage is set for emerging entrepreneurs. Dear David, Thanks. It’s clear to me and hopefully to our readers that we do share an …

A conversation on coal

Mackler, take 2: We don’t have time for major shifts in energy policy

This is the third entry in a series of six email exchanges between two climate-change experts on the future use of coal. The series was originally posted here. Editorial note: Mackler argues that the world lacks time for its leaders to navigate the political process necessary for a complete change of energy policy direction. Large-scale efforts to reduce carbon emissions are necessary now, and the energy industry is a good place to start because it is one of the largest carbon sources and because the technology to contain that source, at least in the short run, is available now. Dear …

A conversation on coal

Mackler, take 1: Clean coal is a necessary part of fighting climate change

This is the first entry in a series of six email exchanges between two climate-change experts on the future use of coal. The series was originally posted here. Editoral note: While Sasha Mackler agrees that coal is one of the primary contributors to detrimental climate change, he argues that using current technology to develop low-carbon coal is imperative. Humankind’s demand for an efficient way to generate energy will grow faster than technologies for mass-producing alternate forms of energy, and if coal cannot be used in a way that is climate friendly, it will be used anyway. Dear David, When the …