Samuel Thernstrom

Former Resident Fellow and Codirector of the AEI Geoengineering Project

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 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


B.A., social studies, Harvard University
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