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Bernard L. Weinstein, PhD Biography

Title:
Economist and Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“President Barack Obama, in pursuit of his ‘Climate Action Plan,’ has been using his executive power in an effort to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from both new and existing power plants, further increase fuel economy standards for motor vehicles, and provide additional incentives for the development of renewable energy sources. Among these initiatives, the potentially most damaging to the economy are those related to power generation.

Electricity drives our economy, and nearly 40 percent of the electrons on the grid still come from coal-fired power plants, which will be most affected by mandates to reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases (GHG)…

The improper regulation of GHG’s could drastically reduce the diversity of this country’s energy sources, particularly by minimizing coal-fired power generation, and hold the nation hostage to volatile natural gas prices and intermittent renewables like wind and solar for the next fifty years…

[R]eplacing reliable power sources with intermittent ones can have profound negative impacts for overall system reliability.”

“Congressional Testimony of Bernard Weinstein to Subcommittee on Energy and Power,” heartland.org, Aug. 2, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Economist and Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute, Southern Methodist University
  • Expert, Heartland Institute
  • Fellow, George W. Bush Institute
  • Former Director, Center for Economic Development and Research, University of North Texas, 1989-2009
  • Former Professor of Applied Economics, University of North Texas
  • Former Director, Institute of Applied Economics
  • Former Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Professor, State University of New York
  • Former Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Former Professor, University of North Texas
  • Former Research Associate, Tax Foundation
  • Former Research Associate, Gray Institute
  • Visiting Scholar, Sunbelt Institute, 1987-1988
  • Chairman, Texas Economic Policy Advisory Council, 1984-1987
  • Director, Task Force on the Southern Economy, Commission on the Future of the South, 1980
  • Director of Federal Affairs, Southern Growth Policies Board, 1978-1980
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Columbia University, 1973
  • MA, Economics, Columbia University, 1966
  • AB, Public Administration, Dartmouth College, 1963
Other:
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