Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (born June 17, 1955) is chairman (rbradley@iertx.org) of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas; an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; and a visiting fellow of the Institute for Economic Affairs in London. Bradley received a B.A. in economics from Rollins College, where he won the S. Truman Olin award for top student in economics. He attended Rollins on a full athletic scholarship and was captain and MVP of the men's tennis team in 1977. He went on to receive an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston and a a Ph.D. in political economy (with distinction) from International College, Los Angeles

Bradley has been a senior research fellow at the University of Houston and is currently senior research fellow (honorary) at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Bradley received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability.

Bradley spent nearly 20 years in the business world, including 16 years at Enron, where for the last seven yeaars he was corporate director for public policy analysis at and speechwriter for Kenneth L. Lay. His opposition to the company's so-called "green" energy policy is recounted on his web site [http://www.politicalcapitalism.org] .

Bradley is the author of six books on energy history and policy, including "The Mirage of Oil Protection" (1989);"Oil, Gas, and Government: The U.S. Experience" (2 vols.: 1998), which has been called "a landmark in regulatory studies"; "Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability" (ALEC); "Climate Alarmism Reconsidered" (2003); and (with Richard Fulmer) "Energy: The Master Resource" (2004), which Milton Friedman described as a "splendid" book that "effectively debunks the widespread predictions of energy doom."

Bradley's books and essays deal with the entire spectrum of energy-policy issues, from the origins of electricity- and manufactured-gas regulation in the last century to the Department of Energy's civilian energy programs today. His public-policy approach combines the historical record with market-process economics and libertarian social theory.

Bradley is currently writing "Political Capitalism: A Trilogy," a multi-faceted business history and business best-practices book, whose narrative climaxes with the rise and fall of Enron. Book 1, "Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy" (2008), will be followed by "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies" (2009) and "Enron and Ken Lay: An American Tragedy" (2010). Bradley lives in Houston, Texas, and speaks on energy and corporate governance issues at academic conferences, business events, and other venues.

External links

* [http://www.politicalcapitalism.org Political Capitalism: Theory, History, Policy"]
* [http://www.energyrealism.org Institute for Energy Research]
* [http://www.objectivistcenter.org/cth--1771-Ken_Lay.aspx "The Fall of Ken Lay: An Interview with Robert L. Bradley Jr.," "The New Individualist", April 2006]
* [http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-280.html "Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not 'Green,'" by Robert L. Bradley, Jr., Cato Institute, August 27, 1997]
* [http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20070116-085702-9753r.htm Global warming policy perils] By Robert L. Bradley Jr. - January 17, 2007


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