Michelle Foss

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Michelle Foss is the Program Manager for the Bureau of Economic Geology and a professor of Geoscience at the University of Texas at Austin. Her university profile says Foss has "29 years of experience in energy and environmental research and consulting (oil and gas, coal, nonfuel minerals, electric power) in the U.S. and abroad." [1]

Foss has a doctorate degree in political science, a master's in mineral economics and a bachelor's in biology, with a geology minor. She previously worked at the University of Houston, Simmons & Company International and the Colorado School of Mines. [2]

Foss is a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (2009) organized by the Heartland Institute think tank. [3]

A 2007 article quoted Foss as saying that while the coal industry has been "pretty successful in obtaining and preserving its support in the government," she questioned the viability of proposed Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, or IGCC coal plants. "No one really knows what one would cost commercially because, in spite of all the talk, no one has really put any money on the table yet," she said. She has worked for the coal industry. [4]

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  1. "Faculty Profile", University of Texas at Austin Faculty Directory, accessed February 2009.
  2. "Staff profiles: Michelle Foss," Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, accessed March 2009.
  3. "Speakers," Heartland Institute website, accessed January 2009.
  4. Monica Perin and Margaret Allen, "New tech makes old coal a fuel of the future: Even minus 8 power plants, Texas coalhas broad prospects," Dallas Business Journal (Texas), April 2, 2007.

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