Chairman and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"Environmentalists support a major phase-down of fossil fuels (with the near-term exception of natural gas) and substitution of favored 'nonpolluting' energies to conserve depletable resources and protect the environment. Yet energy megatrends contradict those concerns. Fossil-fuel resources are becoming more abundant, not scarcer, and promise to continue expanding as technology improves, world markets liberalize, and investment capital expands. The conversion of fossil fuels to energy is becoming increasingly efficient and environmentally sustainable in market settings around the world. Fossil fuels are poised to increase their market share if environmentalists succeed in politically constraining hydropower and nuclear power.
Artificial reliance on unconventional energies is problematic outside niche applications. Politically favored renewable energies for generating electricity are expensive and supply constrained and introduce their own environmental issues. Alternative vehicular technologies are, at best, decades away from mass commercialization. Meanwhile, natural gas and reformulated gasoline are setting a torrid competitive pace in the electricity and transportation markets, respectively."
"The Increasing Sustainability of Conventional Energy," Cato Institute Policy Analysis, Robert L. Bradley, Apr. 22, 1999
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of state or federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Chairman and CEO, Institute for Energy Research (IER)
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs, London
Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Center for Energy Economics, University of Texas at Austin
Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute
Adjunct Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
Member, Academic Review Committeee, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
Member, International Association for Energy Economics, American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, and the American Historical Association
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Energy, Law & Enterprise, University of Houston, 2002-2005
Director of Public Policy Analysis, Enron Corporation, 1995-2001
Various positions, Transwestern Pipeline Company, 1985-1995
Former Schultz Fellow, Economic Research
Former Liberty Fund Fellow, Economic Research
Recipient, Julian L. Simon Memorial Award
Recipient, S. Truman Olin Award in Economics, Rollins College
PhD, with distinction, Political Economy, International College, Los Angeles, 1985