John W. Andrews


John W. Andrews


John Andrews received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963 and his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. He later obtained a Professional Engineer’s license from New York State. After ten years of research and teaching he settled in to a more applied research position at Brookhaven National Laboratory, first in solar energy and then in energy efficient buildings. His group played a major role in reviving interest in geothermal heat pumps, which the air-conditioning industry had largely abandoned in the 1950’s. He also collaborated with another laboratory on ways to reduce energy losses in residential and small commercial air duct systems. Because of this research, improving air duct efficiency has risen to the top echelon of recommended measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from small buildings. More recently he published a paper in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy on the prospects for fracking natural gas wells with carbon dioxide instead of water, producing hydrogen as the sole above-ground end product.

Dr. Andrews serves as co-leader of the Long Island East chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which aims to reduce America’s carbon emissions by placing a fee on fossil fuels and returning the proceeds to the American people in equal shares. He has also been active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bridgehampton, serving as its president for three years and spearheading the installation of a 24-kilowatt solar panel system on the church roof.


A Churchillian Climate Plan

By John W. Andrews and   06/27/24
It is a fact, verified by many independent polls, that conservatives are less likely than liberals to take climate change seriously. I propose to correct this imbalance with a plan that is fundamentally conservative, inspired by the vision of the 20th century’s greatest conservative, Winston Churchill.