Meet Robert Bryce
The acclaimed author of "Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong," as well as "Power Hungry: The Myths of Green Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future", Robert Bryce is one of America's most prominent energy analysts. With five books published on the energy sector, Bryce has been called “something of a visionary and perhaps even a revolutionary,” by the New York Times. In 2010, the Wall Street Journal called Power Hungry “precisely the kind of journalism we need to hold truth to power.”
Known for his thought-provoking journalism and research, Bryce has been writing about energy, politics, and innovation for more than two decades. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, his articles have appeared in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg View, Atlantic Monthly and the Washington Post. In addition, he has appeared on TV and radio programs on outlets such as Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, Fox, and NPR.
Bryce is renowned for his analysis of industrial trends and the future of energy, skillfully explaining the physics and math behind our energy and power systems without resorting to jargon or hyperbole. He also explains how the inexorable push toward smaller, faster, lighter, denser, cheaper production of everything -- from smart phones to food -- is allowing people to do more with less and demonstrates how this trend is allowing more people to live longer, healthier, freer lives than at any time in human history.
An insightful and engaging speaker, Robert Bryce offers valuable insight on energy, innovation, and how the inexorable push to do more with less is fostering freedom, better education, and improved living standards all over the world.
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 and the Real Fuels of the Future
The fuels of the future can be described as N2N: natural gas to nuclear. Regardless of what you think about peak oil or global warming, natural gas and nuclear are the fuels of the future because they can provide significant quantities of the energy that the world needs and do so using a small environmental footprint. Further, they are the low-carbon alternative to coal.
Although renewable energy sources are getting lots of hype, there is simply no way that they can provide the scale of energy that the global economy demands. Global energy demand now totals about 226 million barrels of oil equivalent per day. Renewable energy sources may be growing fast, but they cannot, will not, replace a substantial portion of our hydrocarbon consumption during our lifetimes.
Hydrocarbons are here to stay. Canada has built a $1.4 trillion-per-year economy (and the US a $14 trillion-per-year economy) that is based on hydrocarbons: coal, oil, and natural gas. We cannot - and will not - quit using carbon-based fuels for this simple reason: they provide the power that we crave. Nine out of every 10 units of energy we consume come from hydrocarbons.
The Shale Gas Revolution has fundamentally changed how Canada, the US, and the rest of the world should be thinking about gas. And those changes are only now beginning to be understood.
Other Topics Include:
Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence
Why is Natural Gas the Redheaded Stepchild of the Energy Business?