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Rod Sullivan
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  • Jacksonville, FL
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What is your name?
Rod Sullivan
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Sullivan & Co.,
What country are you based in?
United States
Please summarise your areas of climate-change expertise (in terms of subjects and geographical areas)
Energy and Transportation, Southeast United States

I teach a law school seminar entitled Global Climate Change Seminar at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Before becoming a lawyer I was a marine engineer, meaning that I supervised the production of electricity for propulsion by burning petroleum products. My principal focus is on electrical production and transportation. I try to find alternatives in the Southeast United States to the use of coal and fossil fuels to provide electricity, including nuclear, solar, and wind power, and try to quantify the effects of switching from coal (primarily) to other methods of electrical production.

I have studied the effects of the Panama Canal on reducing GHGs from international shipping, and other ways to reduce GHGs, especially in container trade from Northeast Asia to the East Coast of the United States.
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I am a Law Professor and a Maritime Lawyer but my passion is climate change. It is an area where I have views which are profoundly different than most climate change experts.

I attribute my differing views to the fact that I have an undergraduate degree in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. I worked my way through law school working as a marine engineer, meaning that I was a marine power plant operator---I've participated in making more CO2 that probably anyone else you know---and I fully believe that the CO2 I created is partially responsible for global warming.

I also take a mathematical approach to the subject of climate change which makes my thinking on it much more precise than the thinking of most experts, whose primary focus is qualitative research, not quantitative. I focus on measuring CO2 production, and the means of reducing it. I think the primary failing of most politicians, government officials, and academics is that they cannot, and therefor do not DO THE MATH.

What does THE MATH show?

1. That burning coal, coupled with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), is a terrible answer to CO2 production. It is worse than doing nothing.

2. That electric vehicles, or hybrid electric vehicles, if plugged into a coal or oil fired power plant at night, are worse for the environment than gasoline powered vehicles. If plugged into gas fired power plants, they break even--which means that you are getting nowhere in fighting climate change.

3. That forestry and agricultural storage of carbon (ecological sequestration) is very temporary and only provides a short-term (20 year) bridge in the fight against climate change.

4. That fossil fuels will continue to be essential to transportation for the future.

Finally, and most controversially, you either choose nuclear energy or you choose global warming.

Rod Sullivan's Blog

10 Reasons I Support the Nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

While most Republicans wring their hands in anguish over the nomination of former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Stevens, I shout for joy. Why, you may

ask? Because she and I believe many of the same things about

administrative law. Here are 10:

1. She calls the administrative state in the United States "The Administrative State."
See. 114 Harv. L. Rev. 2245.

While most Americans don't…


Posted on May 11, 2010 at 18:01

Volt Doesn't get 230 MPG and is Not Good for Climate Change--at least not in the Southeast U.S.

A number of news outlets have given glowing reports about the Chevy Volt, a car which they argue gets 230 mpg. It doesn't. In fact, the Chevy Volt is bad for the environment in the Southeast United States in 2010. Maybe it wont be in 2020, but it is in 2010. Let me tell you why.

I am not critical of the vehicle itself. It is a step in the right direction. I am critical of the reporting about it.

The Chevy Volt will be good for the environment in the Northwest of the United… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 19:00

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