Posted on Feb 12, 2023
Dr. Robert Meyer has 45+ years of experience in radiation protection, environmental science, nuclear power and alternative energy, beginning his career at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to receiving his MS and PhD degrees at Colorado State University, he served as a Line Officer in the U.S. Navy. Over the decades he has managed environmental radiation protection projects around the United States. He has been a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Radioactive Waste Management and the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board. He holds a patent on the John Deere-based RTRAK radiation scanning system and has published dozens of articles and co-edited the graduate textbook, “Radiological Assessment”. A decade ago he built a solar power system to provide 20 reliable amps to the 110-volt outlets in his family’s foothills cabin. He is semi-retired, still working now and then for Tetra Tech Inc. on environmental protection projects.
Bob’s avocation lately involves learning more about green energy options and the benefits associated with a transition to clean energy. He writes and speaks on the topic, developed the website, and has published articles on alternative energy and electrified transportation at He recently presented a poster on U.S. electrical grid energy storage challenges at the RE+ alternative energy conference in Los Angeles (registered as a member of the press :). He lives in Fort Collins with his wife Kathleen -- their three daughters are doing well with families and careers in Denver and Bozeman – Bob and Kathleen get to see them and the grandkids often.
Applying the Four-Way Test: We’ve gradually created a global climate problem over the last 100 years by putting carbon into the atmosphere, burning fossil fuels to improve the lives of most people on the planet. We must now quickly quit combustion, taking our energy production system to zero CO2 while continuing to improve those lives. A tall order. By developing green approaches to home heating/cooling, transportation, food production and industry, we can manage that drastic transition in a positive way. Developing clean energy systems and spreading the benefits around the planet will provide plenty of opportunities to invoke the Test.