In his new book, Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future (PublicAffairs, 2010), Robert Bryce, managing editor of Energy Tribune and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, takes on claims that renewable energy and 'green' technologies will save America from an energy-impoverished future. Bryce argues that nuclear power and natural gas offer the most serious practical options for meeting America's future energy needs. Along the way, Bryce questions the premise of energy independence, and exposes how most "renewable" energy sources represent energy sprawl because of the large amounts of land and additional infrastructure that they require. The Wall Street Journal offered the pun that Bryce "speaks truth to power." Responding to Bryce at this event were AEI resident scholar Kenneth P. Green and Steven F. Hayward, the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI.
|2:00||Presenter:||Robert Bryce, Energy Tribune and Manhattan Institute|
|2:45||Discussants:||Kenneth P. Green, AEI|
|Steven F. Hayward, AEI|
Robert Bryce is the managing editor of Energy Tribune and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for Energy Policy and the Environment. Mr. Bryce's articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times, Washington Post, The American Conservative, The Nation, Counterpunch, and the Guardian. His book, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence" (PublicAffairs, 2008), was favorably reviewed by more than twenty media outlets. A review on American.com called this book "a strong and much-needed dose of reality," while a review by William Grimes of the New York Times said that Mr. Bryce "reveals himself in the end as something of a visionary and perhaps even a revolutionary." He has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows that have aired on a variety of outlets, including the BBC, MSNBC, Fox Business, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Kenneth P. Green is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies public policy with respect to air pollution and climate change, energy and the environment, transportation and the environment, and environmental chemicals. His work includes analyzing Canadian environmental policy. He contributes to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series, and his work has appeared in policy studies, newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. He is the author of Global Warming: Understanding the Debate (Enslow Publishers, 2002), a textbook for middle school students. Mr. Green worked on both U.S. and Canadian policy, first at California's Reason Foundation, then for nearly three years at British Columbia's Fraser Institute, prior to coming to AEI.
Steven F. Hayward is the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. He is also an adjunct fellow at the John Ashbrook Center and a former Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Hayward studies the environment, law, political economy, and the presidency. He is the author of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, published jointly by the AEI Press and the Pacific Research Institute. Mr. Hayward contributes to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series and has authored numerous books, including The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989 (Crown, 2009), Greatness (Crown, 2005), The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980 (Crown, 2001), and Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity (Crown, 1998).