David Siegel

About The Member

David Siegel received a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University and has spent his life as an entrepreneur, author, and professional speaker. He has started more than a dozen startups, sat on many boards, written 5 books, and given over 200 speeches. He writes and speaks about technology, economics, money, governance, and the future. In 2016, he was a candidate to be the dean of Stanford business school. 

David grew up in the mountains around Salt Lake City, Utah. As a lifelong outdoorsman, liberal, and vegan for 35 years, David wrote his first book on climate change in 1991, then proclaiming it to be a threat to humanity and helping others understand the need for decarbonization. After a conversation in 2014 with a "carbon consultant" who said "the science is settled," he decided to revisit the topic, knowing that science is never settled. In 2016, after two years of study, learning the politics, the tactics, the messaging, and the science, he changed his mind and wrote a well-known essay, "Climate Curious," which received over 300,000 views on Medium.com. Since then, he has written many essays and published a series of videos on climate data. He has become more and more convinced that there is no sign that humans are making the climate worse and, in fact, are improving the environment by adding CO2. He strongly advocates the use of fossil fuels until nuclear power is practical. He believes the transition to nuclear will naturally take place this century and that it will lift billions of people out of poverty and be a net benefit for the environment. He believes markets allocate resources far better than governments do. He argues for a market-based adoption of new energy technology as well as a laissez-faire energy policy that does not reward or incentivize "renewables," which harm the environment and do not provide solutions. He is concerned about the world's poor, who are not being allowed to modernize and are suffering as a result. 

As a scuba diver, skier, wildlife photographer, rock climber, and advocate of wildlands and forests, he believes that as humans become more affluent they will continue to return more and more land to nature and consume fewer and fewer resources, even as population grows and lifetimes extend. He espouses a philosophy of "Deep Optimism" created by Matt Ridley and helps promote these ideas through his writing and videos. David sees his role as a communicator, helping people understand the science and cut through the noise of climate alarmism. He writes a climate blog three times a week and publishes his essays on Medium.com.