The Power Hungry podcast spotlights energy, power, innovation, and politics. Author and journalist Robert Bryce talks with top thinkers, writers, and influencers.
Jane Menton: Writer at Manhattan Contrarian
Jane Menton is a lifelong New Yorker and current resident of Queens, where she sits on the board of her co-op. In this episode, Jane, the mother of two young children, explains why New York City’s Local Law 97, which mandates huge emissions reductions from buildings, is an “electrification monster” that will be “ruinously expensive” and could result in electricity shortages and a “humanitarian nightmare.” (Recorded August 29, 2023.)
Yonatan Dubi: Physicist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Yonatan Dubi is a physicist and one of the founders of the Israeli Forum for Rational Environmentalism. In this episode, Dubi talks about the history of Israeli energy including the massive offshore natural gas discoveries, the recent Druze protests against wind energy in the Golan Heights, why solar, even in sunny Israel “fails completely,” and why he is pushing hard for nuclear energy in his home country. (Recorded August 17, 2023)
Judith Curry: Author of Climate Uncertainty and Risk: Rethinking Our Response
Judith A. Curry is a climatologist, the founder of Climate Forecast Applications Network, and the author of a new book: Climate Uncertainty and Risk: Rethinking Our Response. In her third appearance on the podcast (the last was December 27, 2022) Curry talks about her new book, the “oversimplified analysis” of climate that’s being used by legacy media and policymakers, censorship, the importance of Twitter, and why we need to see the global climate as a “complex, chaotic, non-linear system.” (Recorded August 18, 2023.)
Jessica Weinkle: Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
Jessica Weinkle studies climate science and how interpretations of it affect the financial sectors and public policy. In this episode, Weinkle, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, explains why insurance is “ubiquitous in society,” how climate models affect insurance rates, the “protective wall” around the NGO-climate-industrial complex, and why the catastrophic dialogue around climate change is “clickbait.” (Recorded July 7, 2023.)
Seaver Wang: Co-Director of The Climate and Energy Program at The Breakthrough Institute
Seaver Wang’s academic training in oceanography makes him a knowledgeable source for discussing Japan’s release of tritiated water from Fukushima Daiichi into the Pacific Ocean, a process that began last week. In addition, Wang, the co-director of the climate and energy program at the Breakthrough Institute, discusses future demand for metals and minerals, “radiophobia,” the challenges facing nuclear power, solar supply chains, and China’s “cultural erasure” of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. (Recorded August 28, 2023)
Dan Poneman: CEO of Centrus Energy
Dan Poneman heads Centrus Energy, the only company in the United States that is licensed to produce High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) which will be needed to fuel some of the advanced reactors now being developed for commercial deployment. Poneman talks about Russia’s dominance of the global nuclear supply chain, why a strong nuclear sector is imperative for national security, the chicken-and-egg problem with producing enriched uranium, and the many hurdles facing new reactors. (Recorded August 16, 2023.)
Thanks for all you do Sir!
It’s refreshing to hear sensible discussion on energy production & policy …really appreciate the time amd detail you put into your episode as well as a great array of fantastic guests.
McKibben is a fraud
Robert let Bill off easy. I really appreciated McKibben’s cultivated ignorance defense. Mr. Bryce would bring up a country and Bill would discard the related line of evidence because “he doesn’t know about that place”. If we were all to follow that strategy then we could just as easily ignore the evidence Billy boy brought forward, oops not in MY knowledge set, irrelevant.
I love the canard that solar and wind is so cheap that only the big bad oil companies are able to fool all of us to not install the cheaper option. Talk about grand conspiratorial thinking. But what about high Electricity price in renewable heaven Deutschland and the relatively lower price in the nuclear wasteland that is France. Oops, not accepting that fact I have some academic study that says otherwise. What rubbish.
The naked evasions, cherry picking and some claims so dubious you almost think McKibben is outright lying are a sad exposition. This is a preeminent catastrophic climate change advocate? At least he is a church goer.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years. It’s amazing how Robert is able to get such informative speakers. Robert is a great interviewer, because he’s so well-informed.