Institute for Energy Research

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Institute for Energy Research

The Institute for Energy Research (IER), is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.[1] IER maintains that the free-market provides the most inexpensive solutions to global energy and environmental challenges. IER was founded in 1989.[2]

IER is a public foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.[3] IER has received funding from the Brown Foundation (started by founders of a construction and energy company), the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is run by executives of Koch Industries, an oil industry giant.[4] They have also previously received funding from ExxonMobil[5] and from the American Petroleum Institute.[6] IER has not sought for or accepted financial support from the government.[2]

In December 2011, IER released its North American Energy Inventory,[7] a compilation of total energy in North America. Using the North American Energy Inventory, IER asserted that the US could be energy independent if the US federal government were to allow for greater domestic energy exploration and production.

The Institute's CEO and founder, Robert L. Bradley, Jr., is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, a research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and an adjunct scholar at both the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is a member of the academic review committee at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.[8][9] He has written seven books, including Capitalism at Work and Edison to Enron,[10] and he maintains the website Political Capitalism.[11]

Bradley received a B.A. in economics from Rollins College. He received an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston: and a Ph.D. in political economy from International College. He has been a Schultz Fellow for Economic Research and Liberty Fund Fellow for Economic Research, and in 2002 he received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award for his work on energy and sustainable development.[12]

Robert L. Bradley, Jr., wrote an article published by Competitive Enterprise Institute, entitled "Heated Debate"[13] to respond to a negative review by Harvard Professor John P. Holdren of the 2001 international best seller The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjørn Lomborg. Lomberg was inspired to write his book after he read an article entitled "The Doomslayer"[14] profiling Julian L. Simon. Lomberg was honored in 2003 with the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute's Julian L. Simon award. The award was given to Robert L. Bradley in 2002 and more recently in 2012 to Matt Ridley, who is also skeptical about climate change.[15]

American Energy Alliance[edit]

Founded in May, 2008, The American Energy Alliance (“AEA”) is the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research. AEA is a not-for-profit organization that engages in grassroots public policy advocacy and debate concerning energy and environmental policies. [16]

AEA’s legislative and public policy advocacy takes place at both the state and national level. AEA aims to educate and mobilize citizens in understanding, promoting and helping to solve America’s most pressing energy and environmental policy problems. AEA believes that through a deeper understanding of these issues, U.S. citizens will be able to better participate in the policy-making process at the state and national level. [17]

AEA has no ties to any political party. AEA is an issue organization that supports affordable, abundant and reliable energy for America’s consumers and businesses. [18]

Both IER and the American Energy Alliance are partly funded by the Koch Brothers and their donor network, according to Politico's research, sources - and to reports by Koch-controlled charitable foundations themselves. The American Energy Alliance, as a matter of policy, does not disclose the names of its donors.[19]

Keystone XL[edit]

American Energy Alliance provide an online petition to U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the US federal government administration's approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline extension. American Energy Alliance compare the extended time for the application approval to the time it took for the Allies "to win World War II."[20]

Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC)[edit]

Benjamin Cole, a spokesman for American Energy Alliance told Politico in October 2012 that, "Our [American Energy Alliance] goal is to make the Wind Production Tax Credit so toxic that it makes it impossible for John Boehner to sit at a table with Harry Reid and say, ‘Yeah, I can bend on this one.’” [21]

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  2. ^ a b "Institute for Energy Research - About us". 
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  4. ^ NPR: New Group Tied To Oil Industry Runs Ads Promoting Drilling, Attacking Democrat. September 22, 2008.
  5. ^ Erman, Michael (23 May 2008). "Exxon again cuts funds for climate change skeptics". Reuters. 
  6. ^ American Petroleum Institute, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, 2010.[1]
  7. ^ Energy for America: North American Energy Inventory.
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  9. ^ Cato Institute: Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
  10. ^ Institute for Energy: Staff.
  11. ^ Political Capitalism
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  13. ^ Bradley, Jr., Robert L. The Heated Energy Debate: Assessing John Holdren’s Attack on Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist (PDF). Institute for Energy Research. p. 46. 
  14. ^ Regis, Ed (February 1997). "The Doomslayer". Wired (Issue 5.02). Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  15. ^ Lomborg, Bjørn (September 2001). The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the True State of the World. Cambridge University Press. pp. 515 pages. 
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  19. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (29 March 2012). "Kochs linked to $3.6M anti-Obama gas price ad campaign". Politico. 
  20. ^ "American Energy Alliance Homepage". The American Energy Alliance. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  21. ^ Restuccia, Andrew (13 November 2012). "Fans, foes at war over wind tax credit extension". 

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