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Robert Bryce

Energy Journalist & Author

Biography

Robert Bryce is one of America’s most prominent energy journalists. A senior fellow with the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute, he is the author of four books and hundreds of articles. His work on energy and other topics have appeared in dozens of publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Counterpunch and The Atlantic Monthly to The Washington Post. Read More >

Bryce’s first book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly. In 2004, he published Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, “America’s Superstate. In 2008, he published Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy Independence.” A review of Gusher in The New York Times called Bryce “something of a visionary and perhaps even a revolutionary.”

His fourth book, Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future, was published in 2010 by PublicAffairs. A reviewer in The Wall Street Journal called Power Hungry “unsentimental, unsparing, and impassioned; and, if you'll excuse the pun, it is precisely the kind of journalism we need to hold truth to power.” The Washington Times said Bryce’s “magnificently unfashionable, superlatively researched new book dares to fly in the face of all current conventional wisdom and cant.”

Robert Bryce appears regularly on media outlets ranging from the BBC and CNN to PBS and NPR. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. His new book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper (May 2014), discusses how now is the time to embrace the innovators and businesses all over the world who are making things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper. Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things this way is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy, Faster computing, Lighter vehicles and myriad other goods. Read Less ^

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The Absurdity of Energy Independance

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Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong

In the face of today’s environmental and economic challenges, doomsayers preach that the only way to stave off disaster is for humans to reverse course: to de-industrialize, re-localize, ban the use of modern energy sources and forswear prosperity. In this provocative and optimistic speech based on his new book – which rebukes the catastrophists – Robert Bryce shows audiences how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy, Faster computing, Lighter vehicles and myriad other goods. Ultimately, he explains how that same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty and better environmental protection across multiple sectors.

Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy & the Real Fuels of the Future

Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy Independence”

Why Is Natural Gas the Red-Headed Stepchild of the Energy Business?