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Bernard (Bud) Weinstein

Bud Weinstein

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bweinstein@cox.smu.edu 214-768-2993

Bernard L. Weinstein is Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Bud Weinstein is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. From 1989 to 2009 he was Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics.

Dr. Weinstein studied public administration at Dartmouth College and received his A.B. in 1963.  After a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he began graduate work in economics at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1973.

He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the State University of New York, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas.  He has been a research associate with the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Gray Institute in Beaumont, Texas.  He has worked for several U.S. government agencies including the President's Commission on School Finance, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission. 

Dr. Weinstein has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs and articles on the subjects of economic development, energy security, public policy and taxation, and his work has appeared in professional journals such as Land Economics, Challenge, Society, Policy Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, and Annals of Regional Science.  His op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times and a number of regional newspapers and magazines.  He is also a regular contributor to the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog and The Hill.

Dr. Weinstein has been a consultant to many companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, and he testifies frequently before legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies.  His clients have included AT&T, Texas Instruments, Reliant, Entergy, Devon Energy, Energy Futures Holdings, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Western and Southern Governors Associations, the Cities of Dallas and San Antonio, and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Weinstein was director of federal affairs for the Southern Growth Policies Board from 1978 to 1980 and served as director of the Task Force on the Southern Economy of the 1980 Commission on the Future of the South.  From 1984 to 1987 he was chairman of the Texas Economic Policy Advisory Council and from 1987 to 1988 served as visiting scholar with the Sunbelt Institute in Washington, D.C. He is currently a panelist with the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast.  Dr. Weinstein is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics and serves on the boards of directors of Beal Bank Texas and Beal Bank USA.  Since 2012 he has been an Associate of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a Fellow with the George W. Bush Institute.

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 25, 2019
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
In recent years, environmental zealots have called for replace coal and nuclear power plants with green energy source, a shortsighted plan that could very well endanger the future of American energy production.
April 8, 2019
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
In 1890, to force the dissolution of cartels that had been formed in key American industries like oil, sugar and tobacco, the U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
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March 22, 2019
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
Given the media coverage of Tesla, the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf, one might think electric vehicles are a recent invention. In fact, they have been around for more than a century.
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March 22, 2019
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
Electricity is the most important and convenient way to consume energy. Without it, we’d literally be living in the “Dark Ages.” However, we often forget that it takes energy to make energy.
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August 17, 2016
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
Small fuel retailers are losing market share because of the complicated and expensive renewable fuels mandate trading system
May 16, 2014
By Bernard (Bud) Weinstein
In just the past decade, the North American energy industry has undergone a rapid transformation. Thanks to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas production has surged from previously untapped U.S.

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