Paul Bubbosh, JD, is the former Director of the Energy Security Division in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. He received his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, where he specialized in environmental law. His academic, research and writing interests are multi-disciplinary involving the spheres of law, policy, and science to explore community and social dynamics related to climate change, energy security, and environmental protection.
For over two decades, Paul has been working in the field of environmental and energy law, policy, and intelligence analysis. A great deal of his career has been spent working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. At the EPA, he held senior positions with the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and in the front office of the Assistant Administrator of Air and Radiation. He has worked on both legal and policy issues throughout his career. At DOE, he led the intelligence community on U.S. foreign intelligence analysis of global energy and environmental issues. He briefed the Secretary of Energy and senior U.S. government officials on a regular basis, and he has authored or co-authored several Presidential Daily Briefs on energy and environmental issues. Prior to government service, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and The World Bank, where he authored a multi-volume treatise on Central American environmental laws and policies. In both his Federal and non-profit sector work, Paul has organized, led, and spoken at many conferences on the environment and energy.
Paul served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica in the 90’s, where he worked with a non-governmental organization developing and implementing various projects related to protecting public and private lands, implementing conservation easements to protect turtle nesting areas, training national park employees on forestry and agriculture laws, evaluating the domestic use of pesticides banned in other countries, improving vehicle pollution enforcement, among other projects.
As an educator, he has taught or developed courses on environmental law, energy law and policy, environmental security, and energy and society. His teaching and research interests involve experiential learning, active learning strategies, and authentic assessments. He will publish a book soon on environmental law for policy students.