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 five books, including Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy, and the Real Fuels of the Future, which was published in 2010.  His most recent book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong, was released in 2014 by his longtime publisher, PublicAffairs. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, he lives in Austin.

May 26, 2016
Newsday

There’s no better — or bigger — illustration of the reversal of America’s energy fortunes than the Gaslog Salem, the 98,000-ton, 935-foot-long liquefied natural gas tanker that left port in Cameron Parish, La., in late April bound for Portugal. 

Since February, more than half a dozen tankers loaded with domestic natural gas that’s been frozen to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit have left U.S. waters headed for ports in India, Brazil and the Middle East.

May 16, 2016
Wall Street Journal

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting bald and golden eagles, is once again trying to make it easier for the wind industry to kill those birds.

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 U.S. oil producers driving the world’s energy market now? :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the oil and natural gas productivity gains in the U.S.

Stats That Pay The Most For Power

Fox Business May 10, 2016

New study finds states that offered greater support for green energy pay more for electricity. Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce with more.

 U.S. oil producers driving the world’s energy market now? :: Manhattan Institute Scholar Robert Bryce on the oil and natural gas productivity gains in the U.S.

Analyzing Donald Trump's Energy Policies

Fox News May 7, 2016

Is the candidate pandering to the states he's visiting?

April 25, 2016
Investors Business Daily

Scarcity ideology pervades modern environmentalism. Indeed, the environmental movement has long relied on the idea that we are running out of, well, everything.

We are running out of food — that claim goes back to 1798, when Thomas Malthus argued that starvation for many people was inevitable because farmers wouldn’t be able to keep up with population growth. In 1968, Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, in which he grimly declared that “the battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” Ehrlich’s book was commissioned and published by the Sierra Club. Two million copies were sold. Never mind that today we are feeding twice as many people as we were when Erhlich made his dire prediction and that we are doing so on about the same amount of farmland.

April 21, 2016
Investors Business Daily

Back in 1996, President Bill Clinton famously declared that the federal government was “ending welfare as we know it.” But when it comes to welfare for the companies that make electric vehicles and the wealthy motorists who buy EVs, the government’s largesse appears never-ending.

April 13, 2016
National Review

On Monday, during a campaign event in New York, Senator Bernie Sanders declared his intent to impose a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

By doing so, Sanders has made clear his intent to ruin the U.S. economy, put people out of work, and make Americans totally reliant on imported oil. Indeed, Sanders, the avowed liberal, has just proposed one of the most illiberal policies imaginable.

April 4, 2016
National Review

Even $1.5 billion in subsidies and loan guarantees can’t save a “clean” energy company from bankruptcy.

That’s the takeaway from the looming failure of SunEdison, a company that touts itself as the “largest global renewable energy development company.” Once a darling of Wall Street and the green Left because of SunEdison’s portfolio of wind and solar projects, the company’s stock is now in free fall. Furthermore, two related companies that were spun off from SunEdison — TerraForm Global and TerraForm Power — also appear to be in financial distress. On March 30, Brian Wuebbels, the CEO of both TerraForm companies, resigned effective immediately. If all that weren’t enough, the company is also under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission about its finances and the disclosures it made to investors.

April 3, 2016
Forbes

Burning food for fuel does not sound like the best idea. However, that is precisely what U.S. ethanol policy requires. Though federal supports for ethanol have changed over the past decades, the disappointing results of the program—including the waste of motorists’ dollars—have continued. In what follows, my Manhattan Institute colleague Robert Bryce explains why Americans are still stuck with destructive ethanol programs that do not help the environment, promote energy independence, or aid the economy:

Jared Meyer: What are the main ways that the government promotes the ethanol industry? How have these industry supports changed over time?

Robert Bryce: Americans have been paying to support corn ethanol since 1978, when Congress approved a 40 cent-per-gallon subsidy for the fuel. That year, the Bee Gees topped the pop charts with their disco hit, “Stayin Alive.”

March 29, 2016
NY Post

Gov. Cuomo wants New York to be getting 50 percent of its electricity from “renewables” by 2030. But if the ongoing battle over the proposed Lighthouse Wind project is any indication, Cuomo and his green allies are in for a long fight upstate. 

Three New York counties — Erie, Orleans and Niagara — as well as the towns of Yates and Somerset are all opposing the 200-megawatt Lighthouse project. If approved by state regulators, the project would install dozens of 500- to 600-foot-high turbines on about 20,000 acres in Niagara and Orleans counties, both of which abut Lake Ontario.

Biofuels: Gospel or Scandal? :: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce discusses biofuels.

Biofuels: Gospel or Scandal?

Real Clear Radio Hour March 4, 2016

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce discusses biofuels.

March 3, 2016
National Review

It’s an odd thing to see an economist — and a Nobel Prize winner at that — write an entire column about energy policy that doesn’t contain a single number.

But then, math-averse energy analysis has become one of Paul Krugman’s specialties. In his February 29 New York Times column, “Planet on the Ballot,” Krugman slammed Republicans for their “denial of climate science and opposition to anything that might avert catastrophe.” He went on to claim that the next president “won’t need to pass comprehensive legislation, or indeed any legislation, to take a big step toward saving the planet” because renewable energy is getting cheaper.

February 21, 2016
Dallas Morning News

Forget Solyndra. When it comes to misguided federal energy policy, the real scandal involves the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels.

Sure, the corn-ethanol scam — which endures largely because of the Iowa caucuses — is part of this scandal. But the most egregious biofuel foolishness is happening at the Department of Defense. The latest example came recently, when the U.S. Navy announced the deployment of what it’s calling the “Great Green Fleet.” On hand in San Diego for the event were Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor. The two officials flew out to sea in a helicopter so they could watch the USS William P. Lawrence, a guided-missile destroyer, get refueled with a blend of diesel fuel and biofuel.

February 17, 2016
National Review

Three and a half decades ago, California’s most prominent greens were getting arrested by the hundreds trying to prevent the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant from even opening. Now, in the name of climate change, some of the state’s highest-profile environmentalists are campaigning to keep that same plant from closing.

On January 29, a new group called the Save Diablo Canyon Coalition sent a letter to California governor Jerry Brown, urging him to keep the 2,200-megawatt twin-reactor plant operating. If Diablo Canyon closes, they said, the state’s carbon-dioxide emissions will increase by an amount equivalent to “adding nearly two million cars to the road. Closing Diablo Canyon would make it far harder to meet the state’s climate goals.”

February 8, 2016
Wall Street Journal

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in December introduced a sweeping renewable-energy plan that would, among other things, require tens of thousands of new wind turbines.

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US Wind Energy Bans And Restrictions In 2015

February 8, 2016
Robert Bryce

February 5, 2016
City Journal

Andreas Malm longs for the good old days. In his new book, Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming, Malm, who teaches human ecology at Lund University in Sweden, pines for a time when manufacturing depended on waterwheels instead of steam engines. Indeed, Malm spends more than 300 pages—

about 75 percent of the text—discussing why English manufacturers abandoned waterwheels and replaced them with coal-fired steam engines. It’s worthwhile history. But in the hands of an avowed Marxist like Malm, it’s tedious sledding. In Malm’s view, the rise of the steam engine was little more than a ploy by evil capitalists to subjugate workers, and because of that, we are now all going to die from global warming. 

 

February 1, 2016
The Federalist

On January 15, President Obama named Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to head an effort to reduce heroin use in rural America. It was a good choice. For if anyone in the Washington knows about addiction, it’s Vilsack. During his tenure in Washington, the former Iowa governor has made sure that the ethanol and biofuels sector remain addicted to taxpayers’ money.

January 25, 2016
National Review Online

Forget Solyndra. When it comes to misguided federal energy policy, the real scandal involves the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels.

January 20, 2016
Bloomberg View

With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, here’s a newsflash: The corn-ethanol mandates, which are always a pivotal issue in that state, are more deadly than the emissions from those cheating Volkswagens. Four times more deadly, to be precise.

 Will The Paris Accord Change Our Climate Outlook? :: Will the historic global climate accord lead to historic results? Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Will The Paris Accord Change Our Climate Outlook?

PBS Newshour December 14, 2015

Will the historic global climate accord lead to historic results? Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund.

December 11, 2015
National Review Online

Among the favorite claims of climate-change activists is that anyone who dares to disagree with their worldview is a “denier,” and that those who reject their orthodoxy about the workings of the Earth’s atmosphere are “anti-science.”

December 1, 2015
National Review Online

The Paris climate talks had failed before they even started. That’s the apparent view of Ban Ki-moon, who, over the weekend just before the climate-change conference was to start, declared that pledges made by governments around the world to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions are “not enough.” To be sure, the U.N. secretary-general didn’t say the talks will be a failure, but he did tell The Associated Press that “We have to do much more and faster to be able to contain the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.”

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