Robert L. Bradley Jr.

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{{#badges: Climate change}} Robert L. Bradley, Jr. is president of the Institute for Energy Research in Houston, Texas; visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London; an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute; and a member of the academic review committee of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He has authored five books, including "Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability" (2000), "Climate Alarmism Reconsidered" (2003), and "Energy: the Master Resource" (with Richard Fulmer). Bradley is also a contributor to a "free market" energy group blog, MasterResource. [1][2]

Bradley's speech at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change was titled, "Lessons Learned from Enron's Failed 'Green' Energy Policy." [3] Bradley served previously as Director of Public Policy Analysis at Enron, where he wrote speeches for Kenneth Lay. [4]

Bradley was a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (2009), organized by the Heartland Institute think tank. [5]

Bradley's training is in economics and political economy. He's an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute, and has authored several books, including: The Mirage of Oil Protection (1989), Oil, Gas, and Government: The U.S. Experience (2 volumes: 1996), Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability (2000), Climate Alarmism Reconsidered (2003), and, with Richard Fulmer, Energy: the Master Resource (2004). [6]

Industry Ties

IER is a Houston, Texas-based free-market think tank. They have received over $200,000 in funding from oil giant ExxonMobil and have strong links to other well-known, industry-friendly organizations. [7] Bradley is also listed as an "Adjunct Scholar" for the DC-based free-market think tank the Cato Institute, which describes itself as an organization seeking to, "broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace." The Cato Institute has received funding in the past from ExxonMobil, as well as well known energy industry-money backed charitable foundations like the Charles G. Koch Foundation. [7] Finally, Bradley is listed as an "Expert" for another free-market think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). CEI describes itself as a "public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government." The organzation is well-known for its aggressive efforts to counter the scientific evidence for human-induced climate change, including an infamous set of television ads with the tag line "C02, We Call it Life." [7] Since 1998, CEI has received over $2 million in funding from ExxonMobil, although in 2007, ExxonMobil announced they would no longer be funding CEI. [7]

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  1. "About,", accessed March 2009
  2. Conference speakers: 2008 International Conference on Climate Change (PDF), Heartland Institute, accessed March 2008
  3. 2008 International Conference on Climate Change (PDF), Heartland Institute, accessed March, 2008
  4. "Factsheet: Robert Bradley", Exxon Factsheet website, accessed February 2009
  5. Speakers, Heartland Institute website, accessed January 2009
  6. "Robert Bradley," Heartland Institute website, accessed March 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Robert J. Bradley, Jr.", accessed March 2009.