Samuel Thernstrom has studied and written about environmental issues for twenty years, with a particular emphasis on global climate change. He served on the White House Council on Environmental Quality prior to joining AEI in 2003. As codirector of the AEI Geoengineering Project, Mr. Thernstrom studied the policy implications of geoengineering, or climate engineering. This groundbreaking field of climate science involves changing features of the earth's environment to offset the warming effect of greenhouse gases. He has been published on nytimes.com and in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, and he has appeared on BBC News, ABC News, CNN, FOX News, NPR, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
Director of Communications, White House Council on Environmental Quality, 2001-2003
Chief Speechwriter, U.S. Department of Labor, 2001
Speechwriter to George E. Pataki, Governor of New York, 1999-2001
Spokesman, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1996-99
Environmental Studies Fellow, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1993-95
Research Assistant to Professor Aaron Wildavsky, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
Research Fellow, Political Economy Research Center, 1993
In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, the best way to ensure that resources will be available for environmental restoration and economic revitalization work far in the future would be keeping BP viable under its current ownership.