Joe Romm

Joe RommJoseph J. Romm, author, physicist, and renowned global warming blogger, is described by U.S. News & World Report as “one of the most influential energy and environmental policy makers in the Obama era.” Time magazine credits him withthe most cogent, memorable, and deployable arguments for immediate and overwhelming action to confront global warming.” He is the author of eight books and numerous seminal articles and reports, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.

Romm’s blog Climate Progress, described as “indispensable” by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, is one of Time’s 25 Best Blogs of 2010 and one of the five blogs Time’s writers say they are most likely to read daily. Romm analyzes breaking energy news and new climate research, and he relentlessly criticizes lazy reporting of the issue by the mainstream media.

Romm’s most recent books are Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know and Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga. In Climate Change, he lays out the most up-to-date examination of climate change's foundational science, its implications for our future, and the core clean energy solutions. In Language Intelligence, he reviews the tools and techniques of the greatest communicators, both past and present, and explains how these can be applied to make the communication of advocates and activists more effective.

His earlier books include Straight Up: America's Fiercest Climate Blogger Takes On The Status Quo Media, Politicians, And Clean Energy Solutions. It draws from his blog in a “straight up” understandable style. His Hell And High Water: Global Warming The Solution And The Politics was praised by Technology Review as an “accurate summary” and “a sensible agenda.” His Cool Companies: How The Best Businesses Boost Profits And Productivity By Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions was the first book to benchmark corporate best practices for cutting emissions through advanced energy technologies, and The Hype About Hydrogen: Fact And Fiction In The Race To Save The Climate was named one of the best science and technology books of 2004 by Library Journal.

Romm’s articles on national security, energy policy, and global warming have appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Science, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, U. S. News & World Report, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Guardian (UK), and numerous other periodicals. He is also a regular on, The Huffington Post, Grist, and other top internet energy and news sites. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR, and he was interviewed in the widely acclaimed documentary film Who Killed the Electric Car? He was selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its “100 people who are changing America.”

Romm has also authored or co-authored landmark reports on transportation technology, fuel cells, cogeneration, hydrogen, nuclear energy, and other science and technology issues for the National Science Foundation, the National Commission on Energy Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

In the Clinton Administration, Romm ran the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, directing $1 billion in research, development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy and carbon-mitigating technology. Earlier he was Special Assistant for International Security at the Rockefeller Foundation, and before that he provided science and security policy analysis on the staff of Representative Charles E. Bennett. His doctorate in Physics is from MIT.

Romm is founder and executive director of the non-profit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, and he has helped devise high-leverage energy and emissions strategies for such companies as IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Collins Pine, Nike, Timberland, Texaco, and Lockheed-Martin.

Romm speaks on climate change – the evolving science, the clean energy solutions, the politics, and the media coverage. He also speaks on how advocates and activists can be more effective communicators by employing “language intelligence.”

Videos of talks and several media appearances, audio programs, and information about his books are available here. To discuss Joe Romm as a possible speaker, email Dennis Church at

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