Meet Sean Crowley
July 27, 2011 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Staff Profiles

Sean Crowley, Marketing-Communications Director at EDF

Sean Crowley is a five-time PR award-winner who serves as Marketing-Communications Director for Environmental Defense Fund's national Land, Water & Wildlife Program and EDF’s California offices.  His responsibilities include leading EDF’s PR campaign to restore the Mississippi River Delta.  Sean generated more than 400 news stories about last summer’s BP oil disaster quoting EDF spokespersons.  In 2008, his PR expertise helped EDF's farm bill campaign achieve a $4 billion hike in conservation funding over the prior farm bill.

Prior to coming to EDF, Sean was Senior Vice President for Media Relations for five years at M+R Strategic Services, where he served as a PR consultant for numerous corporate, labor and nonprofit clients.  They included a successful coalition campaign–led by EDF–to stop the routine use of antibiotics in animal agriculture because it causes antibiotic resistance in human medicine.

"I joined EDF because I knew first-hand about the staff’s extraordinary talent and that EDF has a decades-long track record of achieving extraordinary results,” says Sean.  “EDF succeeds because it doesn't make ‘the perfect the enemy of the good.’  It fits with my political philosophy: I'm a bleeding heart pragmatist! :) "

Sean served as press secretary on the Gore presidential campaign and a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee Radio Speakers' Bureau on the Medicare prescription drug issue.  He also was communications director for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (SD), and press secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and U.S. Representative Sander Levin (MI).  Finally Sean has been a producer/writer for network TV shows and reporter for local TV news stations, including Fox’s "America's Most Wanted" and CNN Business News.  Sean has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University.

One Response to Meet Sean Crowley

  1. Bruce French says:

    First – thanks for your efforts on the RESTORE Act.
    Second, as you know, ocean acidification (OA) has recently been recognized by the scientific community as one the first noticeable expressions of increasing atmospheric CO2. As presented in a TED Talk by Rob Dunbar at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evfgbVjb688. OA being observed today is the result of atmospheric CO2 that was absorbed by the polar seas some 50 years ago; he is recommending a roll-back atmospheric CO2 target concentration around 300 ppm. Presently, this problem is being evaluated by NOAA http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/What+is+Ocean+Acidification%3F and by the Washington Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists, regulators and politicians. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/about/ECOnverse03.html
    A NOAA presentation to this Panel expertly frames the issue at http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012030125B . Near the end of the presentation, politicians expressed a sense of hopelessness at being able to reverse the situation before serious damage is done to over 70 percent of the planet’s surface and the majority of species. I believe there is a feasible, “Manhattan Project” type program that can be rapidly assembled, which will have global results in reducing CO2 output.
    This corrective action takes its most simplified path of having the US Congress authorize a Purchase Order for 100 billion pounds of liquefied hydrogen that is produced solely by US companies using the super-critical hot water of ocean hydrothermal vents. The P.O. would be renewed after each order is filled (for a prescribed period up to 100 years). The product would be delivered to any capable US port with the US government dispensing it to agencies/military for direct consumption, dedicating it for use in the national hydrogen/fuel cell highway and selling it to electric power plants or selling it on the commodities market. [You do know that the US government’s purchase order of fossil fuels has been ongoing for over 250 years.]
    This action would stimulate private investment in the exiting offshore platform and ship building industries, pipeline transmission sector, product storage vessels, steel manufacturing, etc. to create millions of new jobs in the US. Other nations would follow the US initiative and within ten years hydrogen would become a prominent component of the global energy market.
    You may recall Joan Ogden’s 1999 plan for a national solar-hydrogen energy program: http://www.princeton.edu/pei/energy/publications/reports/No.318.pdf Her plan contains the essential structure for realizing this rapid transition to hydrogen – it was just ahead of its time, a bit complicated and climate change was still being debated. Now, the world has a vital reason for moving forward. The world has mature technology in-place for rapid and successful integration. Done properly, the environmental impact could be minimal or benign.
    A database of known hydrothermal vents is being administered by the International Seabed Authority at http://www.isa.org.jm/en/scientific/cdr . Many more vents have yet to be identified along the 50,000 mile length of the Ring of Fire. Compared to the high risks and expense associated with exploring and developing offshore oil reserves, finding and evaluating hydrothermal vents for energy capture is low risk and relatively low cost. Super-critical hot water production from a vent can last for more than a century and the global resource has persisted undiminished for more than a billion years.
    So, I ask that your organization discuss this proposed action plan at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. If the Board agrees to the merits of this Purchase Order for reducing CO2 and OA, it should use its national might to encourage Congress to authorize the Purchase Order plan for liquefied hydrogen produced from hydrothermal vents in the federal budget for 2013-2014 and annually thereafter with the program being re-authorized in 20-year increments.
    Thank you for your time and consideration of this plan.
    Regards,
    Bruce French
    1854 East Windwood Way
    Tallahassee, FL 32311
    cell: 850-510-9303

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