Power Hungry

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Power Hungry
AuthorRobert Bryce
CountryUnited States
Publication date
April 27, 2010

Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future is a book by Robert Bryce about energy, mainly from a United States perspective.[1] It was published in 2010 by PublicAffairs. A short essay based on the book was released as an op-ed by the author in The Washington Post.[2]


As in his earlier book Gusher of Lies (which was about the idea of energy independence), Bryce argues that the United States needs to continue to use large amounts of fossil fuels including imported oil. However he does contemplate ways in which reliance on fossil fuels might be reduced:

  • Energy efficiency: Bryce claims that the United States' record in improving energy efficiency puts it in the top three of the developed countries,[2] and he explains the relatively high per capita energy consumption by arguing that the country is not "addicted to oil", as stated by George W. Bush,[3] but addicted to prosperity.
  • The use of nuclear power

Bryce argues that some renewable sources, such as wind farms, are not truly green and that carbon capture and storage will not work and will prove to be an expensive mistake.


Trevor Butterworth writing in the Wall Street Journal praised Power Hungry as a "brutal, brilliant exploration" of the quest for green energy.[4]

William Tucker writing for The American Spectator said that Power Hungry is filled with little tidbits that "make endlessly fascinating reading. For instance, In 1971 we consumed twice as much energy from natural gas as from coal, but coal made a comeback under Carter and overtook natural gas in 1986".[5]

Roger A. Pielke, Jr. wrote on his blog, "Bryce's book is generally well-written and well-argued, if sprawling and at times more pastiche than systematic argument. His book has three parts. The first surveys our demand for energy and why it is inevitably going to increase. The second seeks to dispel a slew of "myths" about green energy—13 myths in all".[1]

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  1. ^ a b Pielke Jr, Roger (13 May 2010). "A Few Thoughts on "Power Hungry" by Robert Bryce". Roger Pielke Jr's Blog. Retrieved 15 May 2010.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "A Few Thoughts on Power Hungry by Robert Bryce" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Bryce, Robert (April 25, 2010). "Five myths about green energy". Washington Post. Washington Post. p. 1. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ The State of the Union: A Look Between the Lines, NPR https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5181934
  4. ^ Butterworth, Trevor (April 30, 2010). "The Wrong Way To Get to Green". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  5. ^ Tucker, William (April 26, 2010). "November Energy Futures". The American Spectator. Retrieved 1 May 2010.

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