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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.

Latest Episodes

#33: Kenny Stein on the disruptions in Saudi Arabia and American energy security (9-20-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/fossil-fuels/gas-and-oil/the-u-s-is-awash-in-oil/

25 MIN3 weeks ago
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#33: Kenny Stein on the disruptions in Saudi Arabia and American energy security (9-20-19)

#32: Robert Bryce on natural gas pipelines in New York (9-11-19)

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. Links: • More from Bryce on this issue: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/06/andrew-cuomo-natural-gas-pipeline-permits-blocked/ • Bryce's latest from the Manhattan Institute: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/expert/robert-bryce • Juice: How Electricity Explains The World: http://juicethemovie.com/ • Get a copy of A Question of Power: https://www.amazon.com/Question-Power-Electricity-Wealth-Nations/dp/1610397495 • More on this issue from IER: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/fossil-fuels/gas-and-oil/pipeline-bans-make-transporting-natural-gas-by-rail-an-economic-necessity/

23 MINSEP 12
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#32: Robert Bryce on natural gas pipelines in New York (9-11-19)

#31: Professor David Dismukes on his recent research regarding PURPA (8-14-19)

Professor David Dismukes joins the show to discuss his recent findings highlighting the need for reforming outdated provisions of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) passed in 1978.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): https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/purpa-report-2019_df.pdf • Summary of the key findings by IER's Kenny Stein: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/new-paper-the-urgency-of-purpa-reform-to-assure-ratepayer-protection/ • Learn more about the Center for Energy Studies at Lousiana State University: https://www.lsu.edu/ces/index.php

29 MINAUG 14
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#31: Professor David Dismukes on his recent research regarding PURPA (8-14-19)

#30: Robert L. Bradley, Jr. on energy policy from the 70s to today (7-24-19)

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. Links: • MasterResource.org, a free-market energy blog curated by Bradley: https://www.masterresource.org/ • PoliticalCapitalism.org, a website providing additional resources related to Bradley's books: https://www.masterresource.org/ • Robert Bradley's latest commentary at the Institute for Energy Research: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/about/robert-bradley/articles/ • Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies: https://www.amazon.com/Edison-Enron-Political-Strategies-Capitalism/dp/0470917369/?tag=catoinstitute-20 • Capitalism at Work: Business, Government and Energy (Political Capitalism): https://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Work-Business-Government-Political/dp/0976404176/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338403030&sr=1-1/?tag=catoinstitute-20 • Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984-1996 (Political Capitalism: a Tetralogy): https://www.amazon.com/Enron-Ascending-Forgotten-1984-1996-Capitalism/dp/1118549570

50 MINJUL 25
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#30: Robert L. Bradley, Jr. on energy policy from the 70s to today (7-24-19)

#29: Kenny Stein on the Trump administration's ACE Rule (7-10-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/renewable/epa-rolls-back-the-clean-power-plan-creating-the-affordable-clean-energy-rule/

17 MINJUL 11
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#29: Kenny Stein on the Trump administration's ACE Rule (7-10-19)

#28: Mary J. Hutzler on the levelized cost of electricity (6-26-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LCOEStudyOnePager.pdf • Full study: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IER_LCOE2019Final-.pdf • Response to criticisms from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA): https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/awea-must-not-have-read-the-ier-accce-report/ • Response to reports of other studies contradicting the findings: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/ier-accce-reports-imposed-costs-make-levelized-costs-of-wind-and-solar-comparable-to-dispatchable-resources/

20 MINJUN 27
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#28: Mary J. Hutzler on the levelized cost of electricity (6-26-19)

#27: Jordan McGillis on carbon taxes (6-19-19)

Jordan McGillis, a policy analyst at IER, discusses his recent paper on problems with carbon tax proposals. • Jordan's paper on carbon taxes: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Carbon-Tax-Policy-BriefFinalText-1.pdf • More on problems with carbon tax proposals from IER's Robert Murphy: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/climate-change/new-study-admits-even-modest-carbon-tax-would-hurt-the-next-two-generations/

48 MINJUN 20
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#27: Jordan McGillis on carbon taxes (6-19-19)

#26: Mark P. Mills, of the Manhattan Institute, on the new energy economy (6-5-19)

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. Links: • Full Report: "The 'New Energy Economy': An Exercise in Magical Thinking" https://www.manhattan-institute.org/green-energy-revolution-near-impossible • Learn more about the Manhattan Institute: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/ • IER' report on the levelized cost of electricity: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/existing-generating-resources-are-less-costly-than-new-generating-resources/

38 MINJUN 6
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#26: Mark P. Mills, of the Manhattan Institute, on the new energy economy (6-5-19)

#25: Robert Murphy on the economics of climate change at Connecticut College (5-30-19)

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. Links: • More from the talk: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/climate-change/what-i-told-college-students-about-the-economics-of-climate-change/ • Robert Murphy on IPCC data: https://gate.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instituteforenergyresearch.org%2Fclimate-change%2Fusing-ipcc-defeat-un-climate-agenda%2F&token=2a7f05-1-1559160878247 • Bob Murphy on DICE model created by William Nordhaus: http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?id=751 • The Bob Murphy Show: https://www.bobmurphyshow.com/

40 MINMAY 30
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#25: Robert Murphy on the economics of climate change at Connecticut College (5-30-19)

#24: Hunter Pearl on climate litigation (5-22-19)

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/

11 MINMAY 23
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#24: Hunter Pearl on climate litigation (5-22-19)

Latest Episodes

#33: Kenny Stein on the disruptions in Saudi Arabia and American energy security (9-20-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/fossil-fuels/gas-and-oil/the-u-s-is-awash-in-oil/

25 MIN3 weeks ago
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#33: Kenny Stein on the disruptions in Saudi Arabia and American energy security (9-20-19)

#32: Robert Bryce on natural gas pipelines in New York (9-11-19)

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. Links: • More from Bryce on this issue: https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/06/andrew-cuomo-natural-gas-pipeline-permits-blocked/ • Bryce's latest from the Manhattan Institute: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/expert/robert-bryce • Juice: How Electricity Explains The World: http://juicethemovie.com/ • Get a copy of A Question of Power: https://www.amazon.com/Question-Power-Electricity-Wealth-Nations/dp/1610397495 • More on this issue from IER: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/fossil-fuels/gas-and-oil/pipeline-bans-make-transporting-natural-gas-by-rail-an-economic-necessity/

23 MINSEP 12
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#32: Robert Bryce on natural gas pipelines in New York (9-11-19)

#31: Professor David Dismukes on his recent research regarding PURPA (8-14-19)

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): https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/purpa-report-2019_df.pdf • Summary of the key findings by IER's Kenny Stein: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/new-paper-the-urgency-of-purpa-reform-to-assure-ratepayer-protection/ • Learn more about the Center for Energy Studies at Lousiana State University: https://www.lsu.edu/ces/index.php

29 MINAUG 14
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#31: Professor David Dismukes on his recent research regarding PURPA (8-14-19)

#30: Robert L. Bradley, Jr. on energy policy from the 70s to today (7-24-19)

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. Links: • MasterResource.org, a free-market energy blog curated by Bradley: https://www.masterresource.org/ • PoliticalCapitalism.org, a website providing additional resources related to Bradley's books: https://www.masterresource.org/ • Robert Bradley's latest commentary at the Institute for Energy Research: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/about/robert-bradley/articles/ • Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies: https://www.amazon.com/Edison-Enron-Political-Strategies-Capitalism/dp/0470917369/?tag=catoinstitute-20 • Capitalism at Work: Business, Government and Energy (Political Capitalism): https://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Work-Business-Government-Political/dp/0976404176/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338403030&sr=1-1/?tag=catoinstitute-20 • Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984-1996 (Political Capitalism: a Tetralogy): https://www.amazon.com/Enron-Ascending-Forgotten-1984-1996-Capitalism/dp/1118549570

50 MINJUL 25
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#30: Robert L. Bradley, Jr. on energy policy from the 70s to today (7-24-19)

#29: Kenny Stein on the Trump administration's ACE Rule (7-10-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/renewable/epa-rolls-back-the-clean-power-plan-creating-the-affordable-clean-energy-rule/

17 MINJUL 11
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#29: Kenny Stein on the Trump administration's ACE Rule (7-10-19)

#28: Mary J. Hutzler on the levelized cost of electricity (6-26-19)

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: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LCOEStudyOnePager.pdf • Full study: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/IER_LCOE2019Final-.pdf • Response to criticisms from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA): https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/awea-must-not-have-read-the-ier-accce-report/ • Response to reports of other studies contradicting the findings: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/ier-accce-reports-imposed-costs-make-levelized-costs-of-wind-and-solar-comparable-to-dispatchable-resources/

20 MINJUN 27
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#28: Mary J. Hutzler on the levelized cost of electricity (6-26-19)

#27: Jordan McGillis on carbon taxes (6-19-19)

Jordan McGillis, a policy analyst at IER, discusses his recent paper on problems with carbon tax proposals. • Jordan's paper on carbon taxes: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Carbon-Tax-Policy-BriefFinalText-1.pdf • More on problems with carbon tax proposals from IER's Robert Murphy: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/climate-change/new-study-admits-even-modest-carbon-tax-would-hurt-the-next-two-generations/

48 MINJUN 20
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#27: Jordan McGillis on carbon taxes (6-19-19)

#26: Mark P. Mills, of the Manhattan Institute, on the new energy economy (6-5-19)

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. Links: • Full Report: "The 'New Energy Economy': An Exercise in Magical Thinking" https://www.manhattan-institute.org/green-energy-revolution-near-impossible • Learn more about the Manhattan Institute: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/ • IER' report on the levelized cost of electricity: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/the-grid/existing-generating-resources-are-less-costly-than-new-generating-resources/

38 MINJUN 6
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#26: Mark P. Mills, of the Manhattan Institute, on the new energy economy (6-5-19)

#25: Robert Murphy on the economics of climate change at Connecticut College (5-30-19)

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. Links: • More from the talk: https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/climate-change/what-i-told-college-students-about-the-economics-of-climate-change/ • Robert Murphy on IPCC data: https://gate.sc/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instituteforenergyresearch.org%2Fclimate-change%2Fusing-ipcc-defeat-un-climate-agenda%2F&token=2a7f05-1-1559160878247 • Bob Murphy on DICE model created by William Nordhaus: http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?id=751 • The Bob Murphy Show: https://www.bobmurphyshow.com/

40 MINMAY 30
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#25: Robert Murphy on the economics of climate change at Connecticut College (5-30-19)

#24: Hunter Pearl on climate litigation (5-22-19)

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/

11 MINMAY 23
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#24: Hunter Pearl on climate litigation (5-22-19)