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Robert L. Bradley, Jr., PhD Biography

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

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
  • MA, Economics, University of Houston, 1980
  • BA, with honors, Economics, Rollins College, 1977
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