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Robert Bryce's articles have appeared in dozens of publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal toCounterpunch and Atlantic Monthly to National Review. He’s the author of four books, including most recently, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy, and the Real Fuels of the Future. His fifth book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong, will be published May 13 by PublicAffairs. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, he lives in Austin.

April 22, 2014
National Review Online

Solar energy can solve global warming. That’s what Paul Krugman claims in his April 18 column in the New York Times, “Salvation Gets Cheap.”

Krugman extolled “the incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular.” He used to dismiss the claim that renewable energy would be a major source of global energy “as hippie-dippy wishful thinking.” But now, he says, thanks to the falling price of renewable energy, the process of decarbonization can be accelerated and “drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are now within fairly easy reach.”

March 31, 2014
National Review Online

Some of America’s biggest and most influential environmental groups are not only out of touch with reality, they are actively promoting an agenda that would harm the security of the U.S. and its allies in Western Europe.

March 19, 2014
National Review Online

Last week, during the climate-change talkathon held by Senate Democrats, Al Franken of Minnesota said, “I rise to suggest that we in this body talk more about climate change so that we can agree on taking action to address it.” Franken’s fellow Democrats offered similar pleas. Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal described climate change as “implacable, relentless,” and said that “only we can stop it.” Hawaii’s BrianSchatz said, “Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable.”

March 12, 2014
robertbryce.com

The complaints about the South by Southwest Interactive conference have become as reliable as the blooming of the redbud trees that line Austin’s Lady Bird Lake.

Every spring, there are articles declaring that the event is, choose one of the following:  “over,” “not a tech conference anymore,” suffering from “growing pains,” that it has “has lost its compass,” and that, well, it’s just too big. As a long-time Austin resident (nearly 30 years) I can verify that the last item on that list is true. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended SXSW Interactive. (Another 30,000 are in town for this year’s event.) The swarm of “digital creatives” who swarm the city during the five-day conference, along with the hordes who come for the SX film, music, and .edu events, choke the city. They snarl traffic, overwhelm the restaurants, crowd downtown sidewalks, and convert big swaths of the city into no-go zones.

March 7, 2014
National Review Online

For the U.S., Western Europe, and Ukraine, the best weapons in the ongoing power struggle with Russia won’t be bullets and tanks. They will be natural-gas wells and gas pipelines.

Indeed, amidst all the hand-wringing and speculation about how the U.S. and its European allies should respond to Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the best non-military maneuver is obvious: They should launch a natural-gas-drilling campaign in Western Europe and Ukraine. And they should start immediately.

U.S. Senate :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce discusses the double standard at work in the enforcement of federal wildlife laws and why wind energy is not a viable climate-change strategy.

Bryce's Remarks to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

U.S. Senate Testimony February 25, 2014

Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce discusses the double standard at work in the enforcement of federal wildlife laws and why wind energy is not a viable climate-change strategy.

Written Remarks for a Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, Dirksen Senate Office Building, February 25, 2014. 

Good afternoon.

The focus of this hearing is on the economic benefits of ecosystems and wildlife and how they “are valuable to a wide range of industries,” including tourism. The purpose is also to examine “how the Administration is preparing to protect” ecosystems “in a changing climate.”

Oil Transportation Safety: Serious Accidents Cause Deep Concern :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the rise of oil transportation-related accidents.

Oil Transportation Safety: Serious Accidents Cause Deep Concern

Al Jazeera February 15, 2014

Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the rise of oil transportation-related accidents.

White House blaming recent extreme weather on CO2 emissions? :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the Obama Administration’s push for a new green energy program.

White House blaming recent extreme weather on CO2 emissions?

Fox Business February 17, 2014

Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the Obama Administration’s push for a new green energy program.

February 26 2014
Washington Examiner

When it comes to energy policy, the European Union -- and Germany in particular -- have provided the perfect model. Indeed, if U.S. policymakers want to dramatically increase energy prices, destroy jobs and impose hardship on industry, then they should follow the EU's lead.

January 28, 2014
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What was notable about the last night’s State of the Union address with regard to energy was not what the president said, it was what he did not say. 

We heard the usual tired bromides. It only took four paragraphs before the inevitable mention of the evils of “foreign oil.” It was only a bit longer before President Obama uttered the execrable phrase that has been a prerequisite for every US president since Richard Nixon: “energy independence.” 

Recent train derailments renewing push for Keystone Pipeline? :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the future of the Keystone Pipeline.

Recent train derailments renewing push for Keystone Pipeline?

Fox Business December 31, 2013

Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the future of the Keystone Pipeline.

Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything? :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the future of the Keystone Pipeline.

Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything?

Marketplace December 31, 2013

Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the future of the Keystone Pipeline.

December 30, 2013
National Review Online

Just when it seemed the hype over biofuels was finally dying down, the New York Times gave biofuel producers a Christmas present.

On Christmas Day, on the front page of the newspaper’s business section, the Times published a piece titled “Jet Fuel by the Acre.” Written by Todd Woody, the article touted SGB, a San Diego–based company that has, it says, “succeeded in domesticating jatropha.” The subhead claims, “A start-up cracks the code to turn a bush into fuel.”

Lights Out For The Light Bulb? :: <span>Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on light bulb manufacturers </span><span>stopping production of 40 and 60-watt light bulbs </span><span>in 2014.</span>

Lights Out For The Light Bulb?

Fox Business December 16, 2013

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on light bulb manufacturers stopping production of 40 and 60-watt light bulbs in 2014.

December 19, 2013
National Review Online

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 — one of the most pork-filled bits of federal energy legislation ever passed by Congress — continues to haunt us.

December 9, 2013
National Review Online

We have to kill eagles in order to save them.

That’s now the official policy of the U.S. Interior Department. On Friday, the agency announced that it would grant some wind-energy companies permits that will allow them to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty.

December 2, 2013
Energy Tribune

Michael J. Economides, an international authority on petroleum engineering, died late Saturday evening while onboard a jetliner bound for Santiago, Chile. He was 64.

November 28, 2013
Wall Street Journal

The Justice Department announced late last week that a subsidiary of Duke Energy has agreed to pay $1 million for killing golden eagles and other federally protected birds at two of the company's wind projects in Wyoming. The guilty plea was a long-overdue victory for the rule of law and a sign that green energy might be going out of vogue.

November 26, 2013
National Review Online

For years, the wind-energy sector and renewable-energy advocates have repeatedly claimed that wind turbines are essential to the fight against carbon dioxide emissions and catastrophic climate change. Here’s the reality: Wind turbines are nothing more than climate-change scarecrows.

November 14, 2013
National Review Online

Forty years have passed since the OPEC oil embargo of 1973. In that time span, the United States has increased its population by about half, nearly tripled its economic output, and nearly doubled its per capita GDP. While doing so, the U.S. has increased its oil consumption by just 7 percent.

U.S. nuclear power's looming component shortage :: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the potential shortfall of Lithium-7.

U.S. Nuclear Power's Looming Component Shortage

Fox Business October 11, 2013

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the potential shortfall of Lithium-7.

October 10, 2013
Wall Street Journal

For some environmentalists, the threat of climate change is so great that we must allow wind turbines to kill bald and golden eagles. The argument I've heard is that renewables, including wind energy, will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Less carbon dioxide reduces the threat posed by climate change, which benefits eagles and other wildlife.

October 10, 2013
Bloomberg

Forty years ago this month, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries proclaimed an embargo on oil exports to the U.S. as retaliation for its support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. It would last only five months, but it haunts U.S. energy policy to this day.

Why The US Will Dominate In Shale Gas and Shale Oil :: 2013 Manhattan Institute conference on the American oil and gas renaissance.

Why The US Will Dominate In Shale Gas and Shale Oil

October 2013

2013 Manhattan Institute conference on the American oil and gas renaissance.

September 23, 2013
National Review Online

On Friday, the EPA finally unveiled its long-awaited rules for new coal-fired power plants. The agency’s administrator, Gina McCarthy, has claimed that the new rules “will provide certainty for the future of new coal.”

September 20, 2013
Bloomberg

This month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will begin releasing its fifth assessment report. Like earlier reports, it will undoubtedly lead to more calls to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide worldwide.

September 12, 2013
National Review Online

No president in modern American history has bashed the oil and gas industry more than Barack Obama. And none has benefited from that industry more.

Proving that last sentence is easy. It requires only that we imagine what world oil prices — and the U.S. economy — would look like in the absence of the shale gale, the multi-state surge in domestic oil and gas production of the past few years, as drillers have figured out how to produce vast quantities of methane and liquids from shale deposits.

U.S. Energy Boom Key to Economy’s Recovery? :: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the potential economic benefits of the growth of the U.S. energy sector.

U.S. Energy Boom Key to Economy’s Recovery?

Fox Business September 4, 2013

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the potential economic benefits of the growth of the U.S. energy sector.

August 8, 2013
National Review Online

Keep the poor in the dark: That’s the aim of some of the world’s biggest and most influential environmental groups. And last month, both the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the World Bank helped advance it. Out of concern for climate change, they announced, they would restrict financing for coal-fired power plants.

Coal Consumption Expected To Grow :: Manhattan Institute senior fellow Robert Bryce on coal remaining a top source of power.

Coal Consumption Expected To Grow

Fox Business July 26, 2013

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Robert Bryce on coal remaining a top source of power.

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