Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Bradley is CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research; an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; and a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. Bradley is also a senior research fellow of the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, among other honorary affiliations.Bradley’s most recent book is Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy (M&M Scrivener Press), which applies the capitalist worldview to corporate and energy controversies. His website Political Capitalism covers this work and two forthcoming books in his trilogy on political capitalism in the energy industry.Bradley’s other books are: The Mirage of Oil Protection (1989); Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability (2000); Climate Alarmism Reconsidered (2003); and (with Richard Fulmer) Energy: The Master Resource (2004).

Most Recent Articles by Robert L. Bradley, Jr.:

IER/AEA: A Free Market Energy Organization

May 21, 2013 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

In his recent Huffington Post piece, Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists portrays the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance (AEA), as “a front organization for the oil and gas industry.”  The title of his piece says it all: “Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs and ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation.”

Matt Simmons’s Failed ‘Peak Oil’ Price Wager

Feb 14, 2011 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Master Resource

[This is the third and final part in a series on peak-oil theorist/neo-Malthusian Matthew Simmons (1943–2010). Part I by Rob Bradley examined the Simmons’s peculiar interpretation of the Club of Rome’s 1972 Limits to Growth. Part II by Michael Lynch reviewed the false arguments behind Simmons’s peak-oil views.]

‘Hey America’: ‘Wonky’ Climate Alarmism Coming at You

Jan 4, 2011 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

“Hey America! Are you ready to get wonky on global warming? After a year that started with fallout from the “Climategate” e-mail release, saw the cap-and-trade bill die in Congress, and ended with a gang of Republican climate skeptics winning House and Senate seats, global warming experts are going back to basics.” - Darren Samuelsohn, “Climate PR Effort Heats Up,” Politico, December 31, 2010.

And so we now know. “Environmentalists, scientists and lawmakers have renewed public relations efforts to put global warming plainly before Americans’ eyes and also rebut opponents who say nothing is happening.”

Three Cheers for Holiday Lighting!

Dec 20, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Environmentalists critical of electrified America must have mixed emotions this time of the year. It may be the season of good cheer and goodwill toward all, but it is also the time of the most conspicuous of energy consumption. America the Beautiful is at her best in December when billions of stringed light bulbs on buildings and trees turn the mundane or darkness itself into magnificent beauty and celebration.

Here Comes Ingenuity! Offshore Drilling Will Be Better, Cleaner, Safer in the New Era

Aug 11, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

“Material insufficiency and environmental problems have their benefits, over and beyond the improvement which they invoke. They focus the attention of individuals and communities, and constitute a set of challenges which can bring out the best in people” (emphasis added).  - Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2 (1996), p. 587.

“We need our problems, though this does not imply that we should purposely create additional problems for ourselves.” - Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2 (1996), p. 588.

Milton Friedman on Mineral Resource Theory

Jul 30, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Editor note: July 31th marks the 4th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s death. This exchange with Robert Bradley—when Dr. Friedman was 91 years old—is testament to the mental powers of one of the greatest social thinkers of modern time.

Friedman had not met Bradley but was in the habit of actively communicating with scholars until his final illness.

A Free Market Energy Vision

Jul 16, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Energy is the master resource. Without it, other resources could neither be produced nor consumed. Even energy requires energy: There would not be usable oil, gas, or coal without the energy to manufacture and power the requisite tools and machinery. Nor would there be wind turbines or solar panels, which are monuments to embedded fossil-fuel energy.

Harvard Business Review Article: BP as Environmental Role Model

Jul 1, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

[Editor note: Part I in this series reviewed the praise for BP and Enron from the Worldwatch Institute. Part II delved into the reasons that BP tried to rebrand itself as “beyond petroleum.”]

“Such [progressive] leadership [on climate change] may give BP Amoco better access to government-controlled oil deposits and more operating flexibility.” - Kimberly O’Neill Packard and Forest Reinhardt, “What Every Executive Needs to Know About Global Warming,” Harvard Business Review, July/August 2000.

They Loved BP and Enron: Climate Alarmism as the Great Environmental Distraction

Jun 28, 2010 — Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

[Editor note: Part II tomorrow will examine why BP made its ill-fated “Beyond Petroleum” push. Part III on Wednesday will examine a Harvard Business Review article linking BP’s climate alarmism/energy transformation strategy to special government favor, including drilling on government land.]

“A growing number of corporations are moving beyond denial to acceptance and action on climate change, some seeking competitive advantage by anticipating rather than responding to future policy changes.”