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Robert L. Bradley Jr.
Robert L. Bradley Jr.
- Ph.D., political economy, International College, Los Angeles.
- M.A., economics, the University of Houston.
- B.A., economics, Rollins College.
Bradley spent nearly 20 years in the business world, including 16 years at Enron, where for the last seven years he was corporate director for public policy analysis and speech writer for Kenneth L. Lay.
He runs the website Political Capitalism.org.
Stance on Climate Change
“It is as if the physical science is settled in favor of climate alarmism (it is not), and government intervention to 'stabilize climate' is cost-beneficial (it is not).” 
“Voluntary actions by corporations should not go beyond innovative win–win 'no regrets' initiatives. Greenhouse gas control practices that are uneconomic penalize either consumers or stockholders while politicizing the issue of corporate responsibility. Few will be satisfied, and the ineffectual measures will eventually have to be abandoned.” 
September 26, 2014
Robert L. Bradley Jr. attends the “At the Crossroads; Energy & Climate Policy Summit” in Houston, Texas, hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and The Heritage Foundation. Bradley Jr. presents in “Panel IV: Not up to the Task: Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels?” with Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 
- Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF)
- Heritage Foundation.
- American Sound Science Coalition.*
- The Free Enterprise Institute.
- Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.
According to a search of Google Scholar, Robert L. Bradley Jr. has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate. The search does list numerous articles by Bradley done for the Cato Institute.
The only article remotely related to climate by Bradley is published in an electricity journal:
- “Climate Alarmism and Corporate Responsibility Robert L. Bradley Jr.”, The Electricity Journal, Volume 13, Issue 7, August-September 2000, Pages 65-71.
Robert Bradley has authored numerous books regarding energy and climate change including The Mirage of Oil Protection (1989), Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability (2000), Climate Alarmism Reconsidered (2003), and Energy: The Master Resource (2004, with Richard Fulmer). His most recent book is Capitalism at Work: Business, Government and Energy (2008).
Climate Alarmism Reconsidered was published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a right-wing think-tank, and distributed by the industry-funded Heartland Institute. In the book, Bradley claims (PDF) that the world will never run out of fossil fuels, and that “a moderately warmer and wetter world from either natural or man-made causes promises more benefits than costs.” In other words, he states that global warming is beneficial. 
Bradley founded the website politicalcapitalism.org, which covers his most recent books and work. The site also contains memos critical of the theory of man-made global warming. The site also summarizes Bradley's experience working with Enron.
Bradley is also a regular contributor to MasterResource, a free-market energy blog which is “dedicated to analysis and commentary about energy markets and public policy” and which claims to “better inform the energy debate in a civil but forceful manner.” MasterResource regularly posts articles skeptical of climate change.
“Staff: Robert L. Bradley Jr.”, Institute for Energy Research.
Robert Bradley Jr. “The Two Faces of American Capitalism” (PDF), The New Individualist, May 2008.
“Climate Alarmism and Corporate Responsibility Robert L. Bradley Jr.” (abstract), The Electricity Journal, Volume 13, Issue 7, August-September 2000, Pages 65-71.
“Robert L. Bradley Jr.” SourceWatch.
“2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Audio,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 1, 2010.
“The Fall of Ken Lay,” The Atlas Society. Archived March 3, 2009.
“Robert L. Bradley Jr.: Adjunct Scholar,” Cato Institute. Accessed March 1, 2012.
“Robert L. Bradley Jr.”, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Accessed March 1, 2012.
“Robert L. Bradley, Jr.,” Profile at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
“Enron Scandal Could Tar and Feather the Conservative Movement,” America's Survival.
“CLIMATE ALARMISM RECONSIDERED,” (PDF), the Heartland Institute.
“Robert L. Bradley,” SourceWatch.
“Bradley's Magnum Opus on Oil and Gas Published,” Cato Policy Report, November/December 1995.
ReasonTV. “Robert L. Bradley, Jr.: Obama's Enron Problem,” YouTube video, uploaded Nov 19, 2008.
Robert L. Bradley Jr.. “Speakers,” At the Crossroads; Energy & Climate Policy Summit, Texas Public Policy Foundation, The Heritage Foundation, September 25/26, 2014.