In today’s Urbane Cowboys podcast, we discuss the state of energy and the politics intertwined in the United States and around the globe with Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute. Robert Bryce has been writing about the energy sector since high school and has had more than 1,000 articles published, many of which you’d find in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and New York Times among others. He’s also the author of five books and is behind the upcoming documentary, Juice: How Electricity Explains the World.
In today’s show, the crew tackles the shale revolution coming in the age of harsher regulations on coal and the continued prevalence of both in the energy market, despite market distortions from government subsidies to wind and solar energy. Robert gives his take on nuclear energy and the three key reasons it deserves its space in the market and explains how a country’s use of electricity and energy is reflective of the status of the country as a whole. And it wouldn’t be a podcast on energy without the question of carbon taxes, in addition to the politics around what it means to be “energy independent” and hot takes on whether or not the United States should be “cinnamon independent.”