The global effort to “go green” is creating dependency on Chinese renewable energy due to its market dominance. While transitioning to environmentally friendly energy alternatives is crucial, should the West pursue renewable energy even if it means increasing dependency on China? Can the West protect the environment and emerge a winner amidst Great Power Competition with China? Is it too late for the West to lead in renewable energy? Iku Tsujihiro (SSP’24) hosts Dr. Jeremy Mathis to explore the West’s current challenges in environmental security affairs.
Jeremy T. Mathis, Ph.D., is a Professor of Environmental Policy in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 2019 to 2021, he held the position of Director of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Before that, Dr. Mathis served as a science policy advisor in the Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Mathis worked in various programmatic and executive roles for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he specialized in global climate change and resilience. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the founding Director of the first U.S. Ocean Acidification Research Center. Dr. Mathis has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles that have been cited more than 8,000 times. He has chaired numerous national and international working groups and committees, visiting more than 60 countries in a professional capacity.