Debating Energy Victory

Robert Zubrin vs. Robert Bryce

On April 21, 2008, New Atlantis contributing editor Robert Zubrin, author of the 2007 book Energy Victory, debated Robert Bryce, author of Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy Independence” on the Michael Medved show.



Robert Zubrin on Biofuels

On April 2, 2008, Robert Zubrin discussed biofuels and his 2007 book Energy Victory on Canada's Business News Network.


Energy Victory by Robert Zubrin

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Robert Zubrin

Contributing Editor

Robert ZubrinRobert Zubrin is a New Atlantis contributing editor, a fellow at the Center for Security Policy, and the president of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace engineering R&D firm. He also leads the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering space exploration. For many years, he worked as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin. He holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering, and has nine U.S. patents granted or pending. In addition, he is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction books The Case for Mars, Entering Space, and Mars on Earth; the science fiction novels The Holy Land and First Landing; and articles in Scientific American, The New Atlantis, American Enterprise, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on major media including CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, NBC, ABC, and NPR.

Mr. Zubrin’s 2012 book Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, is part of the New Atlantis Books series. Merchants of Despair traces the pedigree of the ideology that human beings are a cancer upon the Earth — a species whose aspirations and appetites are endangering the natural order — and exposes its deadly consequences in startling and horrifying detail. It exposes the worst crimes perpetrated by this antihumanist movement, including eugenics campaigns in the United States and genocidal anti-development and population-control programs around the world. And it provides scientific refutations to antihumanism’s major pseudo-scientific claims, including its modern tirades against nuclear power, pesticides, population growth, biotech foods, resource depletion, industrial development, and, most recently, fear-mongering about global warming. The book’s official homepage is

Mr. Zubrin’s 2007 book on energy policy, Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil, was excerpted in The New Atlantis here. He discussed his book in a lecture at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in November 2007; to watch the video, click here. The book’s official homepage is In connection with his writings on energy policy, Mr. Zubrin occasionally contributes to the “Set America Free” blog.

Mr. Zubrin can be reached at

In The New Atlantis

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Number 60 ~ Fall 2019

NASA’s Next 50 Years

Number 59 ~ Summer 2019

Moon Direct

Number 56 ~ Summer/Fall 2018

Why and How We Should Break OPEC Now

Number 40 ~ Fall 2013

The Population Control Holocaust

Number 35 ~ Spring 2012

Opening Space with a ‘Transorbital Railroad’

Number 29 ~ Fall 2010

Going Nowhere

Number 27 ~ Spring 2010

In Defense of Biofuels

Number 20 ~ Spring 2008

Achieving Energy Victory

Number 18 ~ Fall 2007

The Hydrogen Hoax

Number 15 ~ Winter 2007

The Methanol Alternative

Number 13 ~ Summer 2006

Getting Space Exploration Right

Number 8 ~ Spring 2005

The Human Explorer

Number 4 ~ Winter 2004


  • Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism (New Atlantis Books, 2012)
  • How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet (Three Rivers/RandomHouse, 2008)
  • Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil (Prometheus Books, 2007)
  • Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic (Tarcher, 2003)
  • The Holy Land (Polaris Books, 2003)
  • First Landing (Ace, 2002)
  • Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization (Tarcher, 2000)
  • The Case For Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (Free Press, 1997)

  • Other Publications

  • “Colonizing Mars: A Critique of the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System,”, October 21, 2016
  • “Putin’s Anti-Fracking Campaign,” National Review Online, May 5, 2014
  • “End the Natural-Gas Blockade,” National Review Online, April 25, 2014
  • “How to Defeat Putin,” National Review Online, March 13, 2014
  • “The Eurasianist Threat,” National Review Online, March 3, 2014
  • “How We Can Help Ukraine,” National Review Online, January 2, 2014
  • “Relaunch the Space Race,” USA Today, November 18, 2013
  • “America, Stop Breathing,” National Review Online, October 31, 2013
  • “Finding Out about Obamacare,” National Review Online, October 2, 2013
  • “Give Snowden Immunity,” National Review Online, August 7, 2013
  • “Remembering Ploesti,” National Review Online, August 3, 2013
  • “PRISM Costs Lives,” National Review Online, June 21, 2013
  • “Curiosity's Radiation Results,” Space News, June 18, 2013
  • “Green Anti-Humanism,” National Review Online, February 21, 2013
  • “The Growth Agenda,” National Review Online, February 14, 2013
  • “Carbon Use and GDP,” National Review Online, January 28, 2013
  • “Al Gore's Payday,” National Review Online, January 15, 2013
  • “The Greens’ Attack on Mariculture,” National Review Online, January 3, 2013
  • “Mars the Hard Way,” Space News, December 3, 2012
  • “Towards an Intelligent Immigration Policy,” National Review Online, November 12, 2012
  • “Global Warming Did Not Cause Sandy,” National Review, November 4, 2012
  • “Obama’s Iran Policy Risks a Global Crash,” National Review, September 28, 2012
  • “The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring,”, September 27, 2012
  • “Iran is 10 months away from the A-bomb,” The Washington Times, September 13, 2012
  • “Dethrone the EPA,” National Review, September 12, 2012
  • “The Green War on the Poor,” National Review, August 30, 2012
  • “Towards a Rational Immigration Policy,” Pajamas Media, August 23, 2012
  • “Legalize Methanol,” National Review, August 20, 2012
  • “Carbon Emissions Are Good,” National Review, April 3, 2012
  • “Obama shoots down Mars exploration,” The Washington Times, March 30, 2012
  • “America’s Energy Disaster,” National Review, March 12, 2012
  • "To replace the shuttle: A mission to Mars," CNN, June 29, 2011
  • "How We Can Fly to Mars in This Decade—And on the Cheap," Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2011
  • "Why It’s Wrong to Agree with the Malthusians about Ethanol," Pajamas Media, May 13, 2011
  • "A Proposal to End the Practice of Gerrymandering," Pajamas Media, May 3, 2011
  • "Obama’s Fake Energy Policy," National Review, April 18, 2011
  • "Rising Oil Prices Threaten Economic Crash," Washington Times, March 18, 2011
  • "Anti-Nuclear Press Puts Japanese Lives at Risk," National Review Online, March 15, 2011
  • "An Appeal to President Sarkozy to Save Libya," Pajamas Media, March 14, 2011
  • "Don't Bet America's Future on Saudi Stability," Washington Times, February 10, 2011
  • "Soaring Oil Price Threatens U.S. Economy," Pajamas Media, February 8, 2011
  • "Tax Tyranny is Upon Us," Washington Times, October 5, 2010
  • "Open Standards for Auto Fuel," Washington Times, July 2, 2010
  • "NASA's Mission to Nowhere" (with Paul D. Spudis), Washington Times, May 31, 2010
  • "Wrecking NASA," Commentary, June 2010
  • "It's Time to Open the Fuel Market to Methanol," Roll Call, November 18, 2009
  • "The Costs of the Cap-and-Trade Bill," Roll Call, July 1, 2009
  • "How to Go to Mars – Right Now!," IEEE Spectrum, June 2009
  • "Growing Cap-and-Trade on the Tax Farm," Pajamas Media, April 2, 2009
  • "We Can Solve the Financial Crisis by Destroying OPEC," Pajamas Media, November 11, 2008
  • "Obama's Energy Plan a Mix of Bad and Good," Pajamas Media, October 7, 2008
  • "Windmill Plan Offers Slim Energy 'Pickens,'" Pajamas Media, August 9, 2008
  • "The Saving Grace in McCain’s Energy Policy," Pajamas Media, June 27, 2008
  • "OPEC Strangling American Economy," Washington Times, May 23, 2008
  • "Food vs. Fuel: A Global Myth," Chicago Tribune, May 6, 2008
  • "The Saudis' Lord Haw Haw: Robert Bryce's 'Gusher of Lies' is Aptly Named," National Review Online, May 5, 2008
  • "Symposium: Energy Independence and the Terror War," FrontPage, May 2, 2008
  • "An Energy Revolution," The American Enterprise, March 2006
  • "America Needs More Biofuel," Billings Gazette, February 26, 2008
  • "Breaking OPEC's Grip," National Review Online, February 14, 2008
  • "Flex-Fuel Cars Can Break OPEC," Rocky Mountain News, January 25, 2008
  • “Aviation's Next Great Leap,” MIT Technology Review January 1, 1998