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The Power Hungry Podcast

The Power Hungry podcast spotlights energy, power, innovation, and politics. Author and journalist Robert Bryce talks with top thinkers, writers, and influencers.


Grace Stanke: Miss America 2023
Grace Stanke, is a nuclear engineer and the 95th winner of the Miss America competition. In this episode, she talks about why nuclear is a “brilliant, brilliant gift that we turned our back on,” why we need “bold leadership” to reignite the domestic nuclear sector, and why she is working hard to change the public’s perception about fission. (Recorded November 20, 2023.)
60:45 12/5/23
George Yates: CEO of Heyco Energy Group, a Dallas-Based Oil and Gas Company
George Yates is a third-generation oilman and the CEO of Heyco Energy Group, a Dallas-based oil and gas company. In this episode, Yates talks about his company’s investments in conventional and unconventional plays in Europe, how Russia’s misinformation campaigns about hydraulic fracturing increased Europe’s dependence on imported energy, and why he is optimistic that his company and others will soon be able to produce more hydrocarbons in the U.K. and Europe. (Recorded November 1, 2023.)
58:36 11/28/23
Kathryn Porter: British Energy Consultant
Kathryn Porter is the founder of Watt-Logic, an energy consulting firm based in the U.K. In this podcast, Porter talks about a new report she wrote for the Global Warming Policy Foundation titled “Prospects For Nuclear Energy In the U.K.,” why Britain’s approach to nuclear has been “too slow and too timid,” how the electricity market has been “overloaded with interventions,” and why energy security has become a top issue in Britain. (Recorded November 17, 2023.)
69:31 11/21/23
Tony Abbott: Former Prime Minister of Australia  
Tony Abbott served as prime minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015 as a member of the Liberal Party. In this episode, recorded during the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship Conference in London, Abbott talks about the geopolitics of energy, the qualities of a good politician, and why he believes the world is more dangerous than ever. (Recorded October 31, 2023.)
37:11 11/14/23
Travis Fisher: Director of Energy and Environmental Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
Travis Fisher has worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy and is now the director of energy and environmental policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. In this episode, Fisher explains why the energy-related provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act could ultimately cost taxpayers close to $3 trillion, the “Californication” of our electric grid, the mess in Congress, and why federal subsidies for wind and solar, combined with the EPA’s proposed rules are undermining the reliability of our electricity system. (Recorded October 25, 2023.)
64:32 11/7/23
Sebastien Lai: Son of Imprisoned Pro-Democracy Leader Jimmy Lai
Jimmy Lai, the 75-year-old pro-democracy leader and publisher of Apple Daily, has been in Hong Kong’s Stanley Prison since 2020 on trumped-up charges lodged against him by the Chinese government. In this episode, Jimmy’s son, Sebastien, who lives in Taiwan and is leading the campaign to have his father freed from prison, talks about the Umbrella Revolution that swept through Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020, his father’s remarkable life and career, why he was motivated to promote democracy after the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, and why China continues to see Jimmy Lai as a threat. (Recorded October 23, 2023.) 
62:46 10/31/23
Jeff Sandefer: Co-Founder of Acton Academy
When Jeff Sandefer and his wife, Laura, started Acton Academy in 2010 with a single school in Austin, Texas, they had no idea that their network of schools would grow to 325 campuses in 26 countries just 13 years later. In this episode, Sandefer, a former oil and gas executive who has taught entrepreneurship at the college level, explains why every child is a “genius” who must embark on their own “hero’s journey” and why he believes Acton’s model has gained so much traction among “parent entrepreneurs.” (Recorded October 23, 2023.) 
65:28 10/24/23
Jimmy Glotfelty: Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission
Jimmy Glotfelty has spent more than 30 years in and around the power sector, including stints at the state of Texas, Department of Energy, the private sector, and now, as a regulator at the Texas Public Utility Commission. In this episode, Glotfelty explains how the Texas Advanced Nuclear Reactor Working Group hopes to incentivize the construction of new reactors in the state, why federal tax incentives for wind and solar have created an “uneven market,” why it’s hard to build high-voltage transmission projects, and the role of batteries on the electric grid. (Recorded October 9, 2023.) 
62:58 10/17/23
Patrick T. Brown: Co-Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Breakthrough Institute.
Patrick Brown’s interest in climate and weather goes back to his childhood, when, as an eight-year-old, he set up a home weather station. In this episode, Brown, the co-director of the climate and energy program at the Breakthrough Institute, talks about why he left academia, how the “climate doom narrative” dominates climate science, how “cliques and clubs” within the science community affect what gets published in prestigious journals, and how much of the reporting on climate change “leaves out the full truth.” (Recorded September 18, 2023)  
47:54 10/10/23
William D. Magwood IV: Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
William D. (Bill) Magwood has spent his career in the nuclear sector and now serves as the Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris. In this episode, Magwood explains why regulatory experience is a top challenge in the global nuclear renaissance, why France will likely lead the nuclear comeback in Europe, how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “supercharged” interest in fission, and why the U.S. remains an “indispensable nation” in global affairs. (Recorded September 12, 2023.) 
62:16 10/3/23
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.)     
57:55 9/26/23
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)  
71:44 9/19/23
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.)
79:34 9/12/23
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.) 
55:39 9/5/23
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) 
65:56 8/29/23
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.) 
70:05 8/22/23
Phil Goldberg: Special Counsel, Manufacturers’ Accountability Project
Phil Goldberg is a Washington, DC-based lawyer who is helping defend the oil and gas industry in the more than two dozen climate-related lawsuits that have been filed against it by local governments across the U.S. Goldberg talks about the history of climate litigation, why the public nuisance claims being made against the industry are “unimaginably broad,” the NGOs that are funding the litigation, and why those NGOs “want to have judges set energy policy.” (Recorded July 26, 2023.)
55:07 8/15/23
Hügo Krüger: Substack Writer and Podcaster
Hügo Krüger is a South African-born civil engineer, podcaster, and writer, who is now working in Paris. In this episode, Krüger talks about green colonialism, the collapse of Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned utility, how South Africa modeled its electricity system on the New Deal, and why his home country needs to burn more coal. (Recorded July 21, 2023.)
67:52 8/8/23
Doomberg: The Substack Writer on Quitting Twitter (X)
Doomberg is the nom de plume of the team that writes the top-earning finance publication on Substack. In the famed green chicken’s third appearance on the podcast, Doomberg talks about why they are quitting the platform formerly known as Twitter and focusing solely on Substack, why it’s “better to be ideological than partisan,” America’s fiscal cliff, “peak China,” and why despite the many challenges in the world, “citizen advocacy can still work.” (Recorded August 1, 2023.) 
66:36 8/3/23
Jacob Williams: General Manager and CEO of Florida Municipal Power Agency
Jacob Williams is an electrical engineer who heads the Florida Municipal Power Agency, a joint action agency that provides wholesale electricity to 32 municipal utilities in the state. Williams explains why the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rules will cause huge cost increases for FMPA’s customers, why it will reduce reliability, and why the federal agency is “naïve to think” it can force the electric sector to overhaul its generation fleet in just eight years. (Recorded July 28, 2023.) 
55:58 8/1/23
Danny Rice: CEO of NET Power
Danny Rice is the CEO of NET Power, a newly public company that uses natural gas in a patented oxy-combustion process that allows it to capture almost 100% of the CO2 emissions from its power plant. In this episode, Rice explains how his company’s technology (the Allam Cycle) works, why the market potential for it is “beyond incredible,” why their first plant will be located in the Permian Basin, carbon sequestration, and why “clean doesn’t  just mean renewable.” (Recorded July 14, 2023.)  
81:41 7/25/23
Bill McKibben: Author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened
Bill McKibben, the author of 20 books, as well as the founder of, is one of the most famous climate activists in America. In this episode, he discusses his latest book, The Flag, The Cross, and The Station Wagon, patriotism, why he wants “energy from heaven instead of energy from hell,” why he doesn’t support the construction of new nuclear plants (“nuclear is slow and expensive”), and why climate change is the “first truly time-limited problem we’ve come up against.” (Recorded June 29, 2023.) 
71:19 7/20/23
Jusper Machogu: Kenyan Subsistence Farmer
Jusper Machogu lives in Kisii, Kenya, where he and his family grow corn and other crops on a one-acre plot of land. In this episode, Jusper, who writes about his daily life on Substack, explains how little electricity his family uses, (less than 200 kilowatt-hours per year), why Africa “cannot develop without fossil fuels,” what climate activists get wrong, the soaring cost of fertilizer, and why if farmers like him don’t have “access to fertilizer, we are doomed.” (Recorded July 11, 2023.) 
56:44 7/18/23
Chris Keefer: President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy
In his fifth appearance on the podcast, Chris Keefer. a Toronto-based medical doctor and president of Canadians for Nuclear Energy, talks about the historic announcements made last week by Ontario Power Generation that will expand the province’s nuclear capacity by some 6,000 megawatts. He talks about the reasons behind the move, the advantages of the CANDU reactor, and why Ontario has a “track record of kicking butt.” (Recorded July 7, 2023.) 
56:02 7/13/23
Arjun Murti: Partner at Veriten and Publisher of Super-Spiked on Substack
Arjun Murti has been tracking global energy markets for three decades, including a stint as co-director of Americas equity research at Goldman Sachs. In this episode, Murti, who writes the Super-Spiked column on Substack, talks about rising global energy demand, the reasons for declining investment in the oil sector, “peak China,” gasoline as an “absolute miracle,” the exploitation of Africa’s mineral wealth, and why “oil demand will be the last thing to go away.” (Recorded July 3, 2023.)    
73:50 7/11/23
Peter St. Onge: Economist at Heritage Foundation
Peter St. Onge, an economist at the Heritage Foundation, has become something of a phenom on TikTok, where he has 96,000 followers. In this episode, St. Onge explains why he expects a severe global recession in the coming months, why he’s bullish on gold and Bitcoin, why the “alt-energy agenda” will be “crippling” for Western economies, why the Constitution is America’s “superpower” and why despite the many challenges ahead, he remains bullish on the United States. (Recorded June 26, 2023.) 
73:17 7/4/23
Lisa Linowes: Energy Policy Analyst
Lisa Linowes is a New Hampshire-based energy policy analyst and the author of a report for the Fiscal Alliance Foundation which found that renewable-energy mandates in New England have resulted in dramatic increases in electricity costs. In her second appearance on the podcast, (the first was on April 25, 2022),  Linowes explains why renewable mandates are costing Massachusetts ratepayers at least $1 billion per year, the causes of the natural gas shortages in New England, the death of environmentalism, and why the biggest climate NGOs in the country are silent about the impact offshore wind development is having on whales and other marine mammals. (Recorded June 19, 2023.) 
73:39 6/27/23
Steve Brick: Independent Power Systems Consultant
In his second appearance on the Power Hungry Podcast, Steve Brick, (who last appeared in February 2021), talks about what he has learned over his 40-year career in the power sector. He explains the challenges facing countries in Africa as they try to build more generation capacity, why microgrids are often more expensive to operate than large grids, and the “regulatory patchwork” that governs the U.S. electric grid. (Recorded June 6, 2023.)
77:49 6/20/23
Paris Ortiz-Wines: Global Director of Stand Up For Nuclear
Paris Ortiz-Wines didn’t plan to be a nuclear advocate when she graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz a few years ago. In this episode, the 28-year-old native of California explains how she became the head of a non-profit that advocates for nuclear energy all over the world, why millennials are more open to nuclear, why California’s politicians decided to keep Diablo Canyon open, and which countries are likely to build new nuclear reactors over the next few years. (Recorded May 8, 2023.) 
63:23 6/13/23
Irina Slav: Freelance Writer for and Substack
Over the past two years, Irina Slav emerged as one of the bluntest critics of Europe’s climate policies and the “energy transition.” In this episode, Slav, who lives in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, says that there’s a new Iron Curtain, but this time “the totalitarianism is on the western side,” she also talks about the growing cracks in the EU over energy, “transition crusaders,” propaganda, legacy media, Substack, and what she sees happening in Europe over the next few years. (Recorded June 2, 2023.)  
59:40 6/6/23

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