Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Credentials

  • Ph.D., political economy, International College, Los Angeles. [1]
  • M.A., economics, the University of Houston. [1]
  • B.A., economics, Rollins College. [1]

Background

Robert Bradley Jr. is the founder and CEO of Institute for Energy Research (IER). Bradley spent nearly 20 years in the business world including 16 years at Enron where he served as corporate director of public policy analysis and as a speech writer for Kenneth L. Lay. [14]

Robert Bradley has been associated with a range of conservative and free-market think tanks; he was an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute CEI), a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in London, and an honorary senior research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics. He has been a member of the Academic Review Committee for the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. [13]

He is also the author of several books including Climate Alarmism Reconsidered (2003) and Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not 'Green' (Cato Institute, 1997), and formerly ran the website Political Capitalism.org[13]

Stance on Climate Change

September 2016

Writing in a Forbes Op-Ed, Bradley said: [26]

“There is good news as good science drives out bad. The discrepancy between model-predicted warming and (lower) real-world observations has inspired new respect for natural climate variability relative to greenhouse-gas forcing. […] The real news is good news in contradiction to doom-and-gloom. It is time for energy and climate planners to lay down their government arms. Let consumers and taxpayers be.”

May 2008

Writing in an issue of The New Individualist, Bradley claims that the science is not settled 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).” [2]

Key Quotes

June 2017

In one part of a three-part series Bradley wrote at IER on “The Philosophic Roots of the Paris Agreement,” Bradley concluded:

“People remain the problem to the congregation of the Church of Climate, as much as they want to say that forced energy transformation is compatible with economic coordination and prosperity.

“And here we are today. The Malthusian scares have been refuted one-by-one, leaving the daily sermons about the perils of manmade climate change. But trends are positive regarding the green greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. The ecological benefits of increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 is in the news. Climate sensitivity estimates to the enhanced greenhouse effect are falling. The Paris agreement has been exposed on the Left as 'a fraud … a fake … worthless.' And the grassroots revolt against industrial wind turbines and solar farms is growing.

“The good news is that the Malthusian bad news is wrong. May the Church of Climate find its pews increasingly empty.” [24]

May 2017

In the first part of his three-part series on the Paris Climate Agreement, Bradley declares:

“The rejection the Paris climate agreements is really the liberation of 7.5 billion people from a dangerous, anti-human, anti-progress agenda.” [25]

March 2017

Writing in a Forbes Op-Ed, Bradley opposed divestment in fossil fuels:

“The divestment of fossil-fuel stocks is both ineffectual against its corporate targets and hurtful to ordinary people,” Bradley said, describing divestment as “a futile crusade.” [27]

August–September 2000

The following is from the abstract for an article Bradley wrote in The Electricity Journal titled “Climate Alarmism and Corporate Responsibility”:

“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.” [3]

Key Deeds

September 8, 2017

Bradley cites climate change denier Judith Curry, describing her as a “leading foe of (faulty) science emanating from groupthink, false certainty, bad incentives, and half-truths,” to claim that sea level rise is natural and not influenced by man's activities.

“Humans are not going to stop sea level rise on the time scale of a few centuries by ceasing emissions of CO2,” Bradley wrote at IER. He concluded that “The good news is that sea level rise is much more modest than false prognosticators have led us to believe. Al Gore’s worst case scenario fooled some for a time, but no more.

[…] Rather than attempt to shave fractions of an inch off of future sea level rise in the distant future, policymakers should keep fossil fuels affordable, plentiful, and reliable to deal with climate and weather events of all kinds. Free-market adaptation, not a futile crusade to ‘stabilize’ climate, is the obvious choice for a free, prosperous world.” [21]

Note that Bradley/Curry's claims that sea level rise is exaggerated is one of several myths debunked by SkepticalScience. [22]

August 2017

Bradley spoke at an event hosted by the World Affairs Council of Houston titled “Local to Global Politics: Climate Change.”

“Knowing that climate activists abounded at the two-and-a-half day affair, I pitched an optimistic view of free markets and a cautionary one about intellectual elites identifying problems for the government to solve,” Bradley wrote at IER, adding: “My first slide was a quotation from William Happer, Professor of Physics, Princeton University: 'I believe that the increase of CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind.'” [23]

He concludes by supporting the ”red team-blue team debate on climate science” proposed under Scott Pruitt's EPA, adding that “This same debate deserves to be held in every classroom and public forum across the country.” [23]

November 20, 2015

Robert L. Bradley Jr. spoke at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation titled “At the Crossroads Energy & Climate Policy Summit.” He spoke as part of Session VI, titled “ The Shale Energy Boom: Prodigious Prosperity In the Making ” described as “A discussion on the unprecedented opportunities before us: the U.S. is now the largest producer of energy in the world.” [15]

Event speakers included: 

Robert E. Murray Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, the nation’s largest underground coal mining commpany.
H. Leighton Steward Member, TheRightClimateStuff.com
Dr. Don Easterbrook Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University
Dr. Will Happer Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University
Dr. Richard Lindzen Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
Dr. Patrick Moore Author and founding member of Greenpeace
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner Spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Horace Cooper Adjunct Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
Dr. Caleb Rossiter Adjunct Professor, School of International Service and Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences at American University
Mark P. Mills Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and founder andCEO, Digital Power Group
Dr. Hal Doiron Former NASA Engineer and Chairman, The Right Climate Stuff Research Team
Walter Cunningham Fighter Pilot, Col. USMCR-Ret.; Physicist; Apollo 7 Astronaut
Dr. George L. Stegemeier President, GLS Engineering, Inc.
Stephen Moore Distinguished Visiting Fellow on the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation
Robert L. Bradley Jr. CEO, Institute for Energy Research
Mike Nas Partner, Environmental and Legislative Affairs Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Marc Morano Founder, ClimateDepot.com
Ray Gifford Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Brian Lloyd Executive Director, Public Utility Commission of Texas
John Cornyn U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn

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. [12]

August 2014

Bradley wrote an Op-Ed at Forbes titled “Oil-Export Ban: Holding America Back,” where he argued that “restrictions on crude exports have no public purpose.” [20]

August 2011

According to materials on file at the Center for Media and Democracy's SourceWatch, Robert Bradley spoke at the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. [17]

March 8–9, 2009

Bradley spoke at the Heartland Institute's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) in New York City. His speech was on “The Mathusian Virus in the Scientific Debate.” Download the PowerPoint here. [19]

March, 2008

Bradley spoke at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change was titled, “Lessons Learned from Enron's Failed 'Green' Energy Policy.” [4], [5], [18]

Affiliations

Publications

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.

Bradley published the following in an electricity journal:

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 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.” [11]

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.

Resources

  1. “Robert L. Bradley Jr.” (PDF),”, Institute for Energy Research, March 2015.

  2. Robert Bradley Jr. “The Two Faces of American Capitalism” (PDF), The New Individualist, May 2008.

  3. Climate Alarmism and Corporate Responsibility Robert L. Bradley Jr.” (abstract), The Electricity Journal, Volume 13, Issue 7, August-September 2000, Pages 65-71.

  4. Robert L. Bradley Jr.” SourceWatch.

  5. 2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Audio,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 1, 2010.

  6. The Fall of Ken Lay,” The Atlas Society. Archived March 3, 2009.

  7. Robert L. Bradley Jr.: Adjunct Scholar,” Cato Institute. Archived August 7, 2011. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/bpBqr

  8. Robert L. Bradley Jr.”, Competitive Enterprise Institute. Accessed March 1, 2012.

  9. Robert L. Bradley, Jr.,” Profile at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  10. Enron Scandal Could Tar and Feather the Conservative Movement,” America's Survival. Archived March 15, 2010. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/fAftd

  11. CLIMATE ALARMISM RECONSIDERED” (PDF), Current Affairs, Science, and Environment (distributed by The Heartland Institute), 2003.

  12. Robert L. Bradley Jr. “Speakers,” At the Crossroads; Energy & Climate Policy Summit, September 2014.

  13. About Robert Bradley,” PoliticalCapitalism.org. Archived January 25, 2010. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  14. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Robert L. Bradley Jr.,” Accessed May 20, 2016.

  15. At The CrossRoads Energy & Climate Policy Summit,” Crossroads-Summit.com. Archived July 4, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DesmogBlog

  16. ROBERT BRADLEY,” Heartland Institute. Archived October 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/TuluP

  17. American Legislative Exchange Council, “Energy, Environment, and Agriculture 2011 Annual Meeting Task Force Meeting,” speaker biographies and materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD.

  18. Robert Bradley, ICCC1,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  19. Robert Bradley, ICCC2,” International Conferences on Climate Change. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

  20. Robert Bradley Jr. “Oil-Export Ban: Holding America Back,” Forbes, August 20, 2014. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/fwIw1

  21. Robert Bradley. “Scary Sea Level Rise? Check Your Science,” IER, September 8, 2017. Archived October 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/4FAae

  22. How much will sea levels rise in the 21st Century?SkepticalScience. Accessed October 14, 2017

  23. Climate Optimism, Energy Realism for the Next Generation,” IER, August 11, 2017. Archived October 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/GtFyk.

  24. Robert L. Bradley, Jr. “The Philosophic Roots of the Paris Agreement Part II: The Malthusian People Problem,” IER, June 1, 2017. Archived October 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/pVzaR

  25. Robert L. Bradley, Jr. ”The Philosophic Roots of the Paris Agreement Part I: Deep Ecology vs. Human Progress,” Institute for Energy Research, May 25, 2017. Archived Octobe 14, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/zjwg6

  26. Robert Bradley Jr. “Climate Exaggeration is Backfiring,” Forbes, September 23, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/PHnnQ

  27. Robert Bradely, Jr. “Don't Divest, Invest In Fossil-Fuel America,” Forbes, March 30, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Y5kt5

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