Scott Montgomery

Scott Montgomery

Scott L. Montgomery is an author, geoscientist, and affiliate faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. He has 25 years' experience in the energy industry, where he worked on projects in many parts of the world. His many technical publications include papers, monographs, articles, and textbooks, mainly focused on cutting edge hydrocarbon plays, technologies, related impacts and issues.

Since 2010, his energy writings have moved to general audiences and a wide variety of topics of global concern. These have ranged from climate change to fracking, and included energy issues, technologies, and geopolitics in most parts of the world, as well as global trends and their relation to demographics. Scott’s writings have appeared in online journals such as The Conversation, Newsweek, Salon, Forbes, Fortune, and The Huffington Post. He also lectures publicly on these subjects and provides commentary for online and broadcast (radio, tv) venues both in the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to his popular writing and speaking, Montgomery has published 12 books on a range of subjects, including energy. These include, most recently, Seeing the Light: Making the Case for Nuclear Power in the 21st Century (Cambridge, 2017) and The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Built the Modern World(Princeton), co-authored with Dan Chirot. The latter work was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2015. Other works include Does Science Need a Global Language? (Chicago, 2013) and Powers that Be: Global Energy for the 21st Century and Beyond (Chicago, 2010).

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30 April 2021
Bill Gates has published an important book on an urgent topic, How to Avoid Climate Disaster. It’s mostly about energy, as it needs to be, so I want to discuss it. The book…
18 March 2021
Scott L. Montgomery explores the roots of conservatives’ championing of tax cuts. Whatever might be said, it’s not about economics. The seeming fundamentalist belief in the U.S.…
10 March 2021
GP Columnist Scott Montgomery explores the life of one of America's most celebrated myth makers and how he helped pave the way for Trump's politics. In this year’s…
17 February 2021
Scott Montgomery explores the stage and actors shaping the end of the Trump era, and reminds us that people not rules are ultimately responsible for its legacy. Watching the…
15 January 2021
Scott Montgomery puts America's recent troubles in historical perspective and argues that there is a long road ahead with few guarantees that current trends will be reversed…
21 October 2020
Scott Montgomery on why autocrats fear scientific knowledge and expertise. A hidden but heated theme in this election and Supreme Court hearing season, the most important in many…
18 September 2020
Scott Montgomery with a personal perspective on the unusually devastating fires displacing people and destroying property along the West Coast of the United States…
01 September 2020
Scott Montgomery argues that there are no silver bullets, yet there are silver linings to our post-pandemic energy landscape. There are few silver linings to the…
21 July 2020
Scott Montgomery worries that America's crumbling energy infrastructure is a sign of its waning global status.  I have been standing on a sidewalk, studying a telephone…
23 June 2020
In the wake of COVID-19 Scott L. Montgomery sketches the outlines of the world's plastic problem, providing some of its key details, and also some of the major challenges…
07 May 2020
Scott L. Montgomery shows why recent drops in global energy usage suggest that there can be no return to normal after the pandemic if we wish to tackle climate change. There…
17 March 2020
Scott Montgomery argues that, all things considered, ultra-cheap oil is not the world’s friend. Oil shocks happen when prices suddenly ascend or crash. In the past, a skyward soar…
31 October 2019
Beginning with South Asia, Scott L. Montgomery and Thomas Graham, Jr. introduce a two-part essay taking stock of contemporary prospects of nuclear conflict. Our world in the…
10 September 2019
Scott Montgomery explores “nuclear engineering” or, put another way, the strange history of attempts to use nuclear weapons for good ends. On first hearing it, I lost my…
30 July 2019
Scott L. Montgomery with a long read that provides analysis to the latest unfolding Iran crisis. Things have heated up once again between Iran and the West, the U.S. in…