Robert L. Bradley Jr.


Robert L. Bradley Jr.


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


Robert Bradley Jr. is the founder and CEO of Institute for Energy Research (IER). He served previously as Director of Public Policy Analysis at Enron.

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. [14]

Robert Bradley has been an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute, a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs 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). [13]

He used to run the (now-defunct) website Political[13]

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).” [2]

Key Quotes

“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

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,
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,
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]

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]


Other Affiliations

Bradley is also affiliated with the following organizations: [10]


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:

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. [11]

Bradley founded the website, 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.


  1. Staff: Robert L. Bradley Jr.”, Institute for Energy Research.

  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. Accessed March 1, 2012.

  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.

  11. CLIMATE ALARMISM RECONSIDERED,” (PDF), the Heartland Institute.

  12. Robert L. Bradley Jr.. “Speakers,” At the Crossroads; Energy & Climate Policy Summit, Texas Public Policy Foundation, The Heritage Foundation, September 25/26, 2014.

  13. About Robert Bradley,” 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,” Archived July 4, 2016. Archived .pdf on file at DesmogBlog

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