David B. Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. From Spring 2009 to Spring 2013, he served in senior positions at the United States Department of Energy, including Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs
Prior to his appointment at DOE, he was a Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Energy and Environment Scholar, at the Brookings Institution. He also chaired the Energy & Climate Change Working Group at the Clinton Global Initiative.
He earned his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, 1982; his B.A., Yale College, 1978
He was Executive Vice President at the World Wildlife Fund (World Wide Fund for Nature WWF-US) from 2001-2003
He has also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. State Department. (Brookings Bio picture )
Early in his career, he was an attorney with the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Freedom From Oil
He wrote Freedom From Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction .
It includes a Presidential Plan to End Oil Dependence starts with a Clean Vehicle Executive Order, priming the pump by:
- Offering to buy 30,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) at an $8,000 premium.
- Committing after their delivery that half the vehicles purchased by the federal government will be PHEVs. That's a much stronger version of Pres. George W. Bush's order.
- Legislation to retool US auto factories and assume some auto industry health costs.
- Consumer tax credits of $8,000 for the first million PHEVs and $4,000 for the second million.
- Replacing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards with Fuel Reduction and Energy Efficiency (FREEdom) standards
- A Federal Battery Guarantee Corporation to help manufacturers provide 10-year battery warranties for the first million cars The book ends with a Presidential speech calling for "new ways of doing business that create jobs, cut pollution and make us stronger," and "proposing a grand bargain with American automakers. If you invest in advanced technologies, we'll invest in you."
He is also editor of the 2009 Brookings Institution book Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington?