About me & what I have to offer

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My name is Jonathan Hester. I am not an expert in climatology or any related field of study. However, I am an applied scientist with a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering (Purdue University, 1993) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science (MIT, 2000). Because of my scientific training, and in my daily job as a research scientist at a diversified technology company, I have significant experience in searching, reading, and evaluating primary technical research. I hope I can use this experience to help anyone accessing this site become informed about the issue of global climate change as I am doing so myself. Through direct work experience related to polymer membranes for improved water sustainability, as well as 2 years of service in the U.S. Peace Corps (Ghana, 1993-1995), I also have had a persistent interest in science related to global environmental sustainability. I would not describe myself as a “tree hugger” (though I do believe it’s neither smart nor ethical for us to destroy all the trees, or animals, or economically disadvantaged humans). I believe humanity’s continued progress will be attended, as it has been in the past, by the application of increasingly sophisticated technology. But, as our population continues to grow and our technologies become more powerful, I think we need to expand the idea of “sophisticated technology” to include sophistication with respect to the sustainability of our planet. I can offer evidence that such sophisticated technologies for energy production either exist or could be developed rapidly if we collectively choose to do so. In short, I believe I can contribute to a pragmatic and informed perspective on what needs to be done and how we might do it.

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