Over the last three decades, author, journalist, and public speaker Robert Bryce has published more than 1,000 articles and five books. His byline has appeared in dozens of publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and National Review to the Sydney Morning Herald and New York Times. In 2010, he published Power Hungry: The Myths of Green Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future. His most recent book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong, was published in 2014 by his longtime publisher, PublicAffairs, and is now available in paperback. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, he lives in Austin. 

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.

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.

July 8, 2013
National Review Online

Africans can burn coal. Americans can’t.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the Obama administration’s most recent forays into energy policy.

June 24, 2013
National Review Online

The gulf between the hard realities of the global energy market and the Obama administration’s energy policies grows wider by the day.

On Wednesday, Heather Zichal, the White House coordinator for energy and climate change, told a group of reporters that Obama, knowing that climate change is “a legacy issue,” will soon issue new rules to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from electricity-generation plants. “After all that we’ve done, after all that historic progress in the first four years, we are well poised to take meaningful action for the second term,” Zichal said.

June 11, 2013
National Review Online

The Goliath of the wind-energy business is suing David. The defendant is Esther Wrightman, an activist and mother of two from the tiny town of Kerwood, Ontario, which sits roughly halfway between Detroit and Toronto.

Wrightman, 32, has angered the Florida-based NextEra Energy (market capitalization: $32 billion) by starting a couple of bare-bones websites, ontariowindresistance.org and mlwindaction.org, as well as a YouTube channel, which she uses to lampoon the company. In its lawsuit, filed on May 1, NextEra claims that Wrightman has misused its logo and libeled the company by calling it “NexTerror” and “NextError.” And while the company doesn’t specify the amount of damages it seeks from Wrightman, it says that it will donate any proceeds from the litigation to United Way.

Amid the myriad tragedies and heartache caused by the Second Iraq War, the death of Col. Westhusing is among the saddest and most senseless. I have been asked by a number of people who knew Col. Westhusing for some of the documents that I obtained from the Defense Department via the Freedom of Information Act over the course of my year-long inquiry into his suicide. Rather than distribute paper copies, it makes sense to make them available in electronic form.

If you are interested in my writings on Westhusing from '07 and '08, see here and here

Herewith, a batch of the key documents, in PDF:
1. Anonymous letter sent to Col. Westhusing in May 2005 regarding alleged misconduct by contractors working for the U.S. military in Iraq.
2. June 17, 2005 interview of Westhusing's widow, Michelle, by Army investigators.
3. Sworn statements from people who knew Col. Westhusing.
4. Bulk of the report done by the Army's Inspector General.
5. Bulk of the report done Army Criminal Investigation Command.

What Are The Challenges For Opec? :: Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment joins MoneyBeat.

What Are The Challenges For Opec?

WSJ Digital Network May 31, 2013

Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment joins MoneyBeat.

Wind Power Farms Threaten Bald Eagles :: Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce on the the impact wind farms have on birds.

Wind Power Farms Threaten Bald Eagles

Fox Business May 26, 2013

Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce on the the impact wind farms have on birds.

May 17, 2013
Counterpunch

The U.S. military’s expensive experiments with biofuels – along with the rationale for entire biofuels business -- has been gunned down in a fusillade of friendly fire.

You may recall that over the past few years, the Pentagon has been funding a number of efforts to develop biofuels. On Earth Day 2010, the Navy flew an F-18 using a mixture of conventional jet fuel and biofuel derived from camellina, a plant in the mustard family. After the flight, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus declared that the Navy and Marine Corps were committed to “reducing dependence on foreign oil as well safeguarding our environment.”Since then, Mabus and the Navy have continued to hype the potential of biofuels and its effort to create a “Great Green Fleet” of ships. And in March, the Navy insisted its alt-fuel program won’t get hit by the sequester.

May 16, 2013
National Review Online

The wording of the Eagle Protection Act could not be any clearer. It “prohibits anyone, without a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior,” from “taking” bald or golden eagles. The law defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb.”

Is Fracking the Solution to State, Local Budget Woes? :: Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce on the potential financial benefits to state and local governments of fracking.

Is Fracking the Solution to State, Local Budget Woes?

Fox Business April 29, 2013

Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce on the potential financial benefits to state and local governments of fracking.

The Tyranny of Numbers :: The Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce provides the keynote address to the 2013 OSU Energy Conference.

The Tyranny of Numbers

OSU Energy Conference April 23, 2013

The Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce provides the keynote address to the 2013 OSU Energy Conference.

November 1, 2012
The Daily Beast

Ugh. It’s back. Politicians and pundits on both the left and the right are once again buzzing with the most hackneyed phrase in modern American politics: energy independence.

The phrase reared its ugly head in the first (three times), second (four times), and third (once) presidential debates, with each mention coming from Mitt Romney. Romney has taken to promoting “North American” energy independence as part of his five-point plan.

October 19, 2012
Energy Tribune

Last month, Senatory Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, lambasted his colleagues for not extending the production tax credit, the 2.2 cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy for wind energy that expires at the end of this year. Bennet said that without the subsidy, the wind industry, which he called “an economic driver that is critical to jobs” will “take a devastating hit.”[i]

Let’s set aside Bennet’s – and the wind-energy lobby’s – self-serving argument about jobs for the moment and acknowledge one unassailable fact: no other part of the energy industry receives as much preferential treatment as the wind-energy business.

October 19, 2012
The Daily Beast

Tuesday’s headlines gave Mitt Romney a golden opportunity to attack President Obama and his “green” energy agenda during the second presidential debate. A123 Systems, the electric-car-battery maker that got a $249 million grant from the Department of Energy in 2009, filed for bankruptcy in a Delaware court.

The collapse of A123—as well as the January bankruptcy of another electric-car-battery maker, Ener1, the recipient of a $118 million DOE grant—provides yet another example of the Obama administration’s costly and unsuccessful backing of the electric-car business.

How To Gain Energy Independence For Oil :: Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Dan Weiss of the Center for American Progress break down strategies for energy policy and energy independence.

How To Gain Energy Independence For Oil

Fox Business October 19, 2012

Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Dan Weiss of the Center for American Progress break down strategies for energy policy and energy independence.

October 16, 2012
New York Post

Gov. Cuomo last month ordered state officials to study the health effects of hydraulic fracturing — and so continued to prevent drillers from exploiting the Marcellus Shale. But if he’s truly interested in public health, the governor must also put a freeze on wind-energy projects in New York until their health impact can be gauged.

After all, residents across rural New York — indeed, country-dwellers around the world — are waging bitter fights against industrial-scale wind projects, and one of their main concerns is the health effects of the audible and inaudible noise created by large wind turbines.

Can One Project Double Size of Wind Energy Industry in U.S.? :: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the factors driving up the price of gas in California.

Can One Project Double Size of Wind Energy Industry in U.S.?

Fox Business October 12, 2012

The Manhattan Institute's Robert Bryce argues that the wind-energy jobs are too expensive to create.

Any End in Sight for California’s Rising Gas Prices? :: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the factors driving up the price of gas in California.

Any End in Sight for California’s Rising Gas Prices?

Fox Business October 8, 2012

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the factors driving up the price of gas in California.

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