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

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


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








Ian Bremmer: Author of The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – And Our Response – Will Change the World

Ian Bremmer is the president of the Eurasia Group and the author of 11 books, including his latest, The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – And Our Response – Will Change the World, which will be released on May 17. In this episode, Bremmer talks about the three threats – pandemics, climate change, and new technologies – that are now facing global leaders, as well as China’s ongoing lockdowns, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, disrupted supply chains, and why he is optimistic that the crises...


This is NOT an interview with Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil is a polymath who has written more than 40 books and some 500 papers on numerous topics including energy, power, population, food production, and the history of innovation. Smil declined to appear on the podcast, so in this episode, I discuss my favorite books of his (I have 13 of them), his distaste for publicity and politics, and read some excerpts from a recent interview Smil did with the New York Times.


Dustin Mulvaney: Author of Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

Dustin Mulvaney is the author of Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice and an associate professor of environmental studies at San Jose State University. In this episode, Mulvaney talks about the “green halo” that exists around solar energy, the millions of tons of solar panels that will be discarded over the coming decades, the threat solar poses to desert wildlife, and why the industry is largely “flying blind on PV supply chains” because it is so heavily...


Mark Nelson: Managing Director of the Radiant Energy Fund

Mark Nelson managing director of the Radiant Energy Fund, joins the podcast for the fourth time. In this episode, he talks about the “clown rodeo” in Europe’s nuclear-energy sector in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the looming closure of the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan, and why there has been a “revolution in sentiment” in the Democratic Party about nuclear energy in America.


Diablo Canyon and One Year After Indian Point Closure



Chris Keefer: President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy

Chris Keefer is a medical doctor and president of Canadians for Nuclear Energy who testified before the Canadian Parliament on April 25, 2022. In his third appearance on the podcast, (previous appearances were November 2021 and May 2021) Keefer (who is also the host of the Decouple podcast) talks about the growing bipartisan interest in nuclear energy in Canada, why the “CANDU reactors are immortal,” the dangers of America’s powerful anti-nuclear “NGO-industrial complex,” Canada’s uranium...


Lisa Linowes: Executive Director of WindAction Group

Lisa Linowes is the New Hampshire-based founder and executive director of the WindAction Group which has been educating the public and documenting the backlash -- both in the U.S. and around the world -- against the wind industry since 2006. In this episode, Linowes discusses the recent prosecution of NextEra Energy for killing Bald and Golden Eagles, how “green” groups are getting funding from entities that want to put thousands of megawatts of wind turbines in the middle of North Atlantic...


James Kennedy: President of ThREEConsulting

James Kennedy is the president of ThREE Consulting, a St. Louis-based firm that specializes in rare earth elements and critical minerals. In this episode, Kennedy explains how the U.S. ceded its rare earths industry to China, how China is using its dominance over technology metals “as geostrategic tools, or weapons,” high-strength magnet production, what China’s dominance means for the U.S. auto, solar, and wind sectors, and what the U.S. should be doing to increase its production of...


Jason Fordney: Editor of California Energy Markets

Jason Fordney, a longtime energy journalist, is the editor of California Energy Markets. In this episode, he explains why increasing numbers of Californians are “outraged” by their utility bills, why it would be “a miracle” if the state manages to prevent the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, and why he believes there is too much emphasis in the state on “carbon molecules and not enough focus on reliability” and affordability.


DOJ Prosecutes NextEra Energy Subsidiary For Eagle Kills & "Blatant Disregard of Wildlife Laws"



John Hanekamp: Coal Industry Consultant

John Hanekamp, a St. Louis-based consultant, has spent his career in the commodities business. In his second appearance on the podcast (his first was on November 17), Hanekamp talks about global coal demand, railroad bottlenecks, why “the real elephant in the room is not energy, it’s food,” Ukraine’s grain exports, fertilizer demand, and why some parts of the world may soon be facing famine.


Anas Alhajji: Editorial Advisor at Attaqa

Anas Alhajji is the editorial advisor of Attaqa, the only Arabic-language media outlet focused on energy. In his second appearance on the podcast, Alhajji explains why, despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian oil and gas will still be sold on the global market, the importance of US LNG exports, how Iranian gas could eventually replace Russian gas in Europe, and why markets always “overrun politics.”


Joel Kotkin: Executive Editor of

Joel Kotkin is a demographer, journalist, author, and executive editor of In his second appearance on the Power Hungry Podcast, Kotkin discusses his recent article for Quillette, “The New Great Game,” how China and Russia are allying against the West, why America needs “a new nationalism” to counter this alliance, how California’s administrative state is crushing the poor and the middle class, Michael Shellenberger’s gubernatorial bid, energy, housing, and why despite his...


Shreya Jai: Indian Journalist and Assistant Editor at Business Standard

Shreya Jai is a Delhi-based reporter who covers the energy sector for the Business Standard newspaper. In this episode, she talks about India’s energy challenges, including electricity demand that’s growing by about 6% per year, why “coal is here to stay,” solar, microgrids, and why, for many Indians, “energy security is missing.”


John Harpole: President of Mercator Energy

John Harpole is the president of Denver-based natural gas broker Mercator Energy. In this episode, Harpole explains how Europe “fell into the trap” set by Russia and Vladimir Putin, fertilizer shortages, why Europe’s energy crisis will last for years, and why the US should launch a “natural gas Lend-Lease” program for Europe.


Benny Peiser: Director of Net Zero Watch

Benny Peiser is the director of Net Zero Watch, a London-based group that focuses on the “implications of expensive and poorly considered climate change policies.” Peiser talks about Europe’s “unilateral energy disarmament,” the “cult” of climate-change activism, how Germany led the anti-hydrocarbon campaign in Europe, Britain’s shale gas potential, and why Europe needs to reverse its opposition to hydraulic fracturing and begin drilling for oil and gas immediately.


Mark Nelson: Managing Director of the Radiant Energy Fund

Ukraine special podcast: Mark Nelson managing director of the Radiant Energy Fund, joins the podcast for the third time to talk about the global energy crisis after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We talk about the soaring price of coal (the Newcastle benchmark is now over $400 per ton), Germany’s plans to restart the three nuclear plants it closed in December, France’s nuclear sector, and why the crisis may end up bringing more industrial plants to the United States.


Heather Stancil: County Supervisor in Madison County, Iowa

In 2020, Heather Stancil was elected to the Madison County Board of Supervisors on an anti-wind-energy platform by a margin of 65 to 35%. In this episode, Stancil, who lives in Earlham, (population 1,400) talks about the county’s legal battle with MidAmerican Energy (which sued the county for banning wind projects), the bridges of Madison County, National Public Radio’s reporting, and why her opposition to Big Wind is about “the health, safety, and welfare of the people.”


Simon Irish: CEO of Terrestrial Energy

Simon Irish is the CEO of Terrestrial Energy, a Canadian company that is developing a molten-salt reactor for commercial electricity generation. Irish explains why Terrestrial is seeking initial licensing in Canada instead of the U.S., why it may be another decade before his company can deploy its first commercial reactor, and why policy support for new nuclear reactors “needs to accelerate.”


Roger Pielke Jr.: Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado

For the third episode marking the one-year anniversary of the Texas Blackouts, we welcome Roger Pielke Jr. back to the podcast for a third time. In this episode, Pielke talks about why policymakers should not commit to decarbonization targets before they have realistic plans to meet them, Germany’s energy mess, a new “taxonomy” for thinking about disasters, doping at the Winter Olympics, and why we may have some good news on climate change.