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Robert P. Murphy, PhD Biography

Economist at the Institute for Energy Research
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[R]enewable fuels will constitute a part of our energy mix in the future, but they represent only a tiny fraction of our energy needs and won’t lead us out of the economic and environmental wilderness…

Taking into account the EIA’s projected increases in electricity demand, the renewable sector would need to grow 19% per year for 22 years consecutively to meet U.S. demand by the year 2030. Clearly, these targets are overly ambitious and impractical.”

“The High Costs of ‘Green Recovery,'” Forbes, Nov. 15, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Business & Economic Studies, Pacific Research Institute, Sep. 2007 – present
  • Economist, Institute for Energy Research, May 2007 – present
  • Research Analyst, Laffer Associates, Sep. 2006 – June 2007
  • Visiting Scholar, New York University, June 2006 – Aug. 2006
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Hillsdale College, Aug. 2003 – May 2006
  • PhD, Economics, New York University, Spring 2003
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, Hillsdale College, 1998
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Quoted in:
  1. Will Alternative Energy Development Create More Jobs?