The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets. IER maintains that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges and, as such, are critical to the well-being of individuals and society.
Kenny Stein, IER's Policy Director, joins the show to discuss the recent events in Saudi Arabia that disrupted global oil markets and how growing domestic production has made America energy secure.
• More on the American oil production here:
Robert Bryce, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the show to discuss how New York state's electric grid is struggling due to artificial barriers blocking desperately needed natural gas erected by state politicians.
• More from Bryce on this issue:
• Bryce's latest from the Manhattan Institute:
• Juice: How Electricity Explains The World:
• Get a copy of A Question of Power:
• More on this issue from IER:
Professor David Dismukes joins the show to discuss his recent findings highlighting the need for reforming outdated provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) passed in 1978.
• Full text of Dismukes' paper(The Urgency of PURPA Reform to Assure Ratepayer Protection):
• Summary of the key findings by IER's Kenny Stein:
• Learn more about the Center for Energy Studies at Lousiana State University:
IER founder and CEO Robert L. Bradley, Jr. joins the show for a wide-ranging discussion on the history of American energy policy from the 1970s and the 73' Oil Crisis to today and the Green New Deal.
• MasterResource.org, a free-market energy blog curated by Bradley:
• PoliticalCapitalism.org, a website providing additional resources related to Bradley's books:
• Robert Bradley's latest commentary at the Institute for Energy Research:
• Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies:
• Capitalism at Work: Business, Government and Energy (Political Capitalism):
• Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984-1996 (Political Capitalism: a Tetralogy):
Kenny Stein, IER's Policy Director, joins the show to discuss the recent Affordable Clean Energy(ACE) rule from the Trump administration's EPA and what the future looks like for American coal.
• More on the ACE rule here:
Mary J. Hutzler, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at IER, discusses the recently released report on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), published by IER and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy, which found the true cost of renewable energy to be higher than popularly portrayed.
• One page overview of the LCOE study:
• Full study:
• Response to criticisms from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA):
• Response to reports of other studies contradicting the findings:
Jordan McGillis, a policy analyst at IER, discusses his recent paper on problems with carbon tax proposals.
• Jordan's paper on carbon taxes:
• More on problems with carbon tax proposals from IER's Robert Murphy:
Mark P. Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the show to discuss his recent report on the so-called "new energy economy" and the realities that make plans like the Green New Deal completely unrealistic.
• Full Report: "The 'New Energy Economy': An Exercise in Magical Thinking"
• Learn more about the Manhattan Institute:
• IER' report on the levelized cost of electricity:
IER's senior economist Bob Murphy recently visited Connecticut College to present on the economics of climate change. His lecture addresses the disconnect between "mainstream" climate models and proposals like the Green New Deal.
• More from the talk:
• Robert Murphy on IPCC data:
• Bob Murphy on DICE model created by William Nordhaus:
• The Bob Murphy Show:
Hunter Pearl joins the show to discuss the trend of cities across the country suing producers of fossil fuels in an attempt to get fast cash. The team also dives into the potential harms of the practice known as atmospheric trust litigation, through which activist groups are seeking political change on climate through court order.
• Read more on atmospheric trust ligation: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/regulation/environmental-activism-by-court-order-the-dangerous-and-faulty-approach-of-atmospheric-trust-litigation/
• Read more on cities joining climate lawsuits:https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/regulation/climate-lawsuits-have-cities-seeing-green/
Kenny Stein, IER's Policy Director, provided testimony before the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding solar and wind technologies on 5/15/19. Along with his testimony is an extended conversation on the role the federal government plays in supporting the wind and solar industries.
• Read his written testimony here:
• More on wind and solar tax credits from IER:
• Watch video of his testimony here:
Rob Allerman, the senior director of power analytics at Pattern Recognition Technologies, joins the show to discuss the importance of forecasting for energy producers and the challenges renewable energy sources create for forecasters.
• More about PRT:
• More from IER on challenges created by renewables:
The team sits down with Chris Brown, director of policy & research at Common Sense Policy Roundtable, to discuss what the passage of SB-181 could mean for energy producers in Colorado and consumers around the country.
• More about CSPR:
• A comprehensive study on the effects of SB-181:
Allen Gilmer, founder and executive chairman of Drillinginfo, joins the show to discuss why and how he created the service and the important role that data serves in oil and gas development.
• More about the Drillinginfo:
• IER's latest on growth in oil and gas production:
The team sits down with Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, to discuss the current state of energy development on public lands and what policies are needed to unleash America's energy potential.
• More about the Western Energy Alliance:
• More from Kathleen on this issue:
• IER's Hunter Pearl on issues related to endangered species:
The team sits down with Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services & Chairman of Liberty Resources, to discuss the direct link of how hydrocarbons lift people out of poverty.
• More about Chris and Liberty Oilfield Services:
• Deforestation on Hispaniola:
The team sits down with Jason Hayes, of the Mackinac Center, and Issac Orr, of the Center of the American Experiment, to discuss the polar vortex in the Midwest and what energy policies are making the situation worse for consumers.
More from Jason Hayes on this issue:
Jason Hayes on Michigan's renewable energy:
More from Issac Orr on this Issue:
More from IER on this issue:
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The team talks with IER Board of Directors member professor Steven Hayward about the "Green New Deal" and why he thinks the environment is too important to be left to the environmentalists.
Read more from Hayward here:
More on the "Green New Deal" here:
The team sits down with Marian Tupy, a senior policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, to discuss the work of the late economist Julian Simon and the condition of human progress.
• More from Marian on human flourishing:
• Lean more about the Cato Institute:
The IER team discusses changes to management of federal lands proposed by the Bureau of Land Management and the possible impacts to the greater sage grouse and American energy production.
Read more: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/regulation/are-we-finally-free-of-fowl-folly-and-frog-foolery/
IER's policy team discusses the causes of the Yellow Vest protests across France and the possible impacts the popular uprising could have on the global climate change movement.
Read more on the protests here: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/international-issues/macrons-carbon-tax-disaster/
Alex and Jordan sit down with economist and former Trump advisor Stephen Moore to discuss his new book "Trumponomics" as well as pressing issues in trade and energy.
• Get a copy of "Trumponomics":
• Moore's latest from the Heritage Foundation:
Alex sits down with Colin Grabow, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, to discuss problems with the Jones Act and the law's impact on American energy.
• More from Colin on issues surrounding the Jones Act:
• Details about Cato's upcoming event on the Jones Act:
• Lean more about the Cato Institute:
Alex and Jordan sit down with Don Watkins, the Director of Education at the Center for Industrial Progress, to discuss the "anti-human" attitudes of the green movement and the importance of ideas in the energy debate.
• The official summary of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, edited by Don Watkins:
• Lean more about the Center for Industrial Progress:
Alex and Jordan sit down with Isaac Orr, a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, to discuss energy policy in Minnesota and the trend of premature retirement of coal fired power plants across the country.
• More from Isaac on premature retiring of coal plants:
• Lean more about the Center of the American Experiment:
Alex and Jordan sit down with Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at the American Consumer Institute, to discuss the Trump administration's plans to replace the Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
• SAFE: A Sane Approach to U.S. Consumer Vehicle Safety, written by Krisztina Pusok
• More from the American Consumer Institute
Alex and Jordan sit down with Todd Myers, the Director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, to discuss the Washington State ballot initiative to impose a carbon tax on the state.
• A Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1631: to impose a state carbon tax on energy use in Washington state, written by Todd Meyers
• More from the Washington Policy Center
Kelly Sloan, Energy and Environment Fellow at the Centennial Institute, joins the Plugged In podcast to break down a measure on Colorado’s ballot in November impacting the state’s oil and gas industry. Sloan discusses the impact this measure would have on the state and why even those outside of Colorado should be watching this proposition as it would have far-reaching consequences.
We sit down with Paul Driessen, a senior policy advisor with the Center For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)and with Defense of Free Enterprise, to discuss the impending corporate scandal surrounding Bloom Energy.
• Paul Driessen's latest on Bloom Energy
• Full video of the recent Heritage Foundation panel on Bloom Energy
IER's policy team discusses problems with the the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)and the potential for reform.
Learn more about NEPA here:
Alex and Jordan sit down with IER’s Senior Economist Dr. Robert Murphy to discuss carbon taxes.
• Robert Murphy on IPCC data
• The Case Against a U.S. Carbon Tax
• Robert Murphy on climate insurance
• The Benefits of Procrastination: The Economics of Geo-engineering
• Carbon Taxes and the “Tax Interaction Effect”
• More from Robert Murphy on the tax interaction effect
• Rolling the DICE – William Nordhaus’s Dubious Case for a Carbon Tax
• Dr. Robert Murphy testifies before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - 2013