Robert I. Bell
Finance and Business Management
Location: 218 Whitehead Hall
Email: Robert I. Bell's Web site
Robert Bell, chairman, Department of Finance and Business Management, is the author of The Green Bubble - Waste Into Wealth: The New Energy Revolution (New York: Abbeville Press, 2008; originally published by Editions Scali, Paris, 2006; French edition, La bulle verte (Paris: Editions Scali, 2007)). He was the featured speaker at the Fast 50 awards ceremony at the Paris Bourse, November 2007; and the inaugural speaker, the HEC-Deloitte Club of Energy and Finance, La Maison des Polytechniciens, Paris, November 2007. He was the green keynote speaker at the international real estate congress, MIPIM, Cannes, March 2009. He was a keynote speaker at the G20, Seoul, Korea on Nov. 9, 2010. He proposed Green Redemption Funds to finance the transition to renewable energy. Bell's previous books include Beursbedrog (Amersterdam: De Arbeiderspers, 2003); Les peches capitaux de la haute technologie (Paris: Seuil, 1998); and Impure Science (New York: Wiley, 1992).
Ph.D., Brunel University - 1972 (Cybernetics)
Areas of Expertise:
Green investment, transition out of fossil fuels, role of conflicts of interest in financial markets, high-tech civilian and/or military mega-projects, science fraud.
Books and Publications
Bell, R., J.M. Chevalier and M. Derdevet. Afterword. Comprendre le nouveau monde de l'energie, by Myriam Maestroni. 259-67. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2013
Bell, Robert and Corinne Lepage. "Projet Volt Gaz Volt." MEP Project for the French Energy transition. Available at: www.transition-energetique.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/cahiers/projet-vgv_contribution.pdf. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2013
"Impure Science, de Robert Bell," by the Collective "Indépendance des Chercheurs" (France) 2. Courier International, Jan. 31. http://science21.blogs.courrierinternational.com/archive/2012/01/31/impure-science-de-robert-bell.html. A discussion of my 1992 book Impure Science, with its description of conflicts of interest in medical research, and showing its startling relevance to sometimes lethal 2012 French medical science fraud cases. (Books and Publications: Book Review) 2012
At the personal request of French presidential candidate and former Minister Corinne Lepage, I developed the energy program for her campaign. The details were published in both French and English by Planetworkshops in Paris on April 2: "Des Clefs pour une Économie Verte Francaise,"
"The Keys to a Green French Economy," http://www.planetworkshops.org/en/post/1031/the-keys-to-a-green-french-economy.html. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2012
Bell, Robert and Oleg Rusetsky. "Ce qu'on ne dit pas sur le miracle gazier américain" op-ed article. Les Echos, Dec. 27 (Paris). Rusetsky is a researcher for and former student of Professor Bell. Les Echos is the major financial newspaper in the French language. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2012
Bell, Robert and Oleg Rusetsky. "Gaz de schiste: faut-il remercier Hollande." La Tribune, Oct. 23 (Paris). http://www.latribune.fr/opinions/tribunes/20121023trib000726616/gaz-de-schiste-faut-il-remercier-hollande-.html. Copyright Reutershare2. Summary: En interdisant pour la durée du quinquennat la technique de la fracturation hydraulique pour exploiter les ressources en gaz de schiste que recèlerait le sous-sol français, le président de la République a paradoxalement pris une décision économique autant qu'une mesure de précaution environnementale. L'exemple américain montre en effet que l'exploitation des gaz de schiste est une véritable catastrophe financière. Rusetsky est ancien étudiant-chercheur du Professeur Bell dans le «Business Program » de Brooklyn College. Il vit à New-York. This article has been reproduced on many French-language websites worldwide and has been widely cited by major French political and industrial figures. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2012
"Doing Good While Doing Well: Will Companies and Organizations Step Up to the Challenge in the New Green Economy?" interview with me and reproduction of my 2010 Paris Tech Review article. Truthout, Feb. 2. Available at http://www.truth-out.org/doing-good-while-doing-well-will-companies-and-organizations-step-up-challenge-new-green-economy6738. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2011
"La societe civile peut mener la bataille du climat"; full-page interview with me. La Croix, Paris (French Catholic daily), Jan. 14. Available at http://robertibell.com/
ROBERT_BELL_38869.pdf. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2011
"The Green Redemption Fund--Questions au Professor Robert Bell." La Revue de la Terre, Paris April-June. Interview in which I detailed a carbon tax not on CO2 emissions but directly on fossil fuels and nuclear based on their barrel-of-oil-equivalent. It would yield about 12 billion euro annually in France and could be used in the manner of COFACE to insure roughly 120 billion euro in accounts receivable in renewable energy asset investments. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2011
"Une taxe carbone peut vraiment sauver l'Europe" (A carbon tax can truly save Europe). Les Echos, Paris, (main French financial newspaper). Exclusive interview. Oct. 5. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2011
"Are You Prepared for a Green Bubble?" Paris Tech Review April. Published in French and English (inaugural issue of online Review for the Grandes Ecoles of France). English link: http://www.paristechreview.com/2010/04/14/are-you-prepared-for-a-green-bubble/#. French link: http://www.paristechreview.com/2010/04/14/etes-vous-prets-pour-la-bulle-verte/#. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2010
"La course aux énergies renouvelables va sortir le monde de la récession" interview with me. Le monde economie Paris, Sept. 2. (Books and Publications: Other Article) 2008
The Green Bubble: Waste into Wealth: The New Energy Revolution. New York: Abbeville Press. (Books and Publications: Book) 2008
La Bulle Verte: La Ruee vers l'Or des Energies Renouvelables. Paris: Scali. (Books and Publications: Book) 2007
The Green Bubble: Waste into Wealth: The New Energy Revolution. Paris: Scali. (Books and Publications: Book) 2006
Bell, R.I., H.H. Friedman and L.W. Friedman. "Conflict of Interest: The Common Thread Underlying Ethical Lapses." Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies 10.1: 4-8. http://ejbo.jyu.fi/pdf/ejbo_vol10_no1_pages_4-8.pdf. (Books and Publications: Peer Reviewed Article) 2005
"La Scandaleuse Subvention au Nucléaire: Une assurance dérisoire pour une responsabilité colossale." http://www.planetworkshops.org/fr/post/776/la-scandaleuse-subvention-au-nucleaire.htmlhttp://www.planetworkshops.org/fr/post/776/la-scandaleuse-subvention-au-nucleaire.html. February. 2012
"The Biggest Nuclear Subsidy: Pathetically Inadequate Insurance for a Colossal Liability." http://www.planetworkshops.org/en/post/777/the-biggest-nuclear-subsidy:-pathetically-inadequate-insurance-for-a-colossal-liability-by-robert-bell-ph.d..html. January. 2012
Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums
Dinner speaker, MIT Alumni Club of France, 4 November 2013, Les Salons des Arts et Métiers
9bis avenue d'Iéna, 75016 Paris
"Myths and realities regarding renewable energies"
From invitation: Renewable energies are often disparaged for their efficiency, their need for subsidies, and their intermittency. Prof. Robert Bell will share his views on these issues and compare them to fossil fuels and nuclear. He will discuss whether the criticisms are fair or even up-to-date.
(Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2013
Host, special panel, "Volt Gas Volt Initiative: Accelerator of the Energy Transition and of the Way Out of Nuclear Energy" special panel host. Planetworkshops Global Conference/UNESCO-Paris. Pierre Radanne, a top French energy expert, moderated a discussion of the viability of Project Volt Gas Volt, initiated by Corinne Lepage, member of the European Parliament, and Robert I. Bell, Brooklyn College Professor of Management, as the breakthrough technology that can make renewable energy stable and continuous, and a realistic solution to the energy crisis. On the panel were Dr. Hermann Pengg, Project Manager of the Audi program on this technology, and Nicolas Imbert, head of Green Cross France. June 4. Program: http://www.planetworkshops.org/en/441/program/ (see June 4, 6 pm); video: http://www.planetworkshops.org/fr/571/videos/; photos: http://www.planetworkshops.org/en/503/photos/ (photos 131 through 146); press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10803362.htm. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Conference Presentation) 2013
5 November 2013, Conference Presentation at the ATEE Conference on energy storage opened by the French Minister of Economic Recovery, Mr. Arnoud Montebourg. My panel: "Le stockage d'energies, un enjeu cle de competitivite pour les entreprises francaises" I spoke on Project Volt Gas Volt. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Conference Presentation) 2013
Lepage, Corinne (European Union Member of Parliament (and former French Minister of Environment)) and Robert Bell. "Project Volt Gas Volt." Press conference. EU Parliament. Originally developed for the French energy transition, Project VGV offers a comprehensive solution to global warming, energy independence (nearly everywhere), and most of the pollution due to fossil fuels. Brussels, May 29. Video of Brussels EU Parliament Press Conference: http://vimeo.com/67340645; Liberation article on press conference: http://www.liberation.fr/economie/2013/05/30/corinne-lepage-veut-transformer-l-electricite-en-gaz_906832; Greencarcongress entry on Project VGV: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/06/vgv-20130602.html. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Conference Presentation) 2013
Morning talk on energy transition and the emergence of a new eco-energy paradigm; dinner speech on Project Volt Gas Volt. Universite d'été e5t, La Rochelle Business School (Groupe Sup de Co).
Program: http://www.e5t.fr/programme/programme-detaille; photo: http://www.e5t.fr/programme/speakers/14-programme/speakers/117-robert-bell. Aug. 28-29. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2013
On March 28, EU Parliament Member Corinne Lepage and I held a press conference at the Paris office of the European Parliament. We announced Projet VGV (Volt Gaz Volt). It is an official contribution to the proposed French energy transition. See:
http://energie.lexpansion.com/energies-renouvelables/le-methane-solution-a-l-intermittence-des-renouvelables-_a-33-7745.html (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Conference Presentation) 2013
"Croissance verte: Outil de developpement en Afrique" panel. Global Conference--Rabat Round, Atelier de la terre. Rabat, Morocco, May 16. I explained why there would be neither a "shale gas revolution" nor a "nuclear renaissance," and how to finance the transition into renewable energy. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Conference Presentation) 2012
Roundtable organized by major French Bank, Natixis: Moderator is major French editorialists at biggest French financial daily, Les Echos.
TABLE RONDE 1: QUELS LEVIERS POUR UNE CROISSANCE DURABLE ?
Modérateur : Jean-Marc Vittori Les Echos
(Trois interventions de 10 minutes)
Prise de parole de Brice Lalonde :
Point sur les négociations mondiales ; émergence ou non d'une gouvernance planétaire ; règles du jeu et mécanismes financiers.
(Brice Lalonde is a former French ambassador for climate change negotiations of France. He was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as executive coordinator for Rio+ 20 on Jan. 1, 2011.)
Prise de parole de Robert Bell: (oreillette pour la traduction) Jean-Marc Vittori rappelle le canal de traduction
Robert Bell : les pistes technologiques. Conclusion sur la question du financement.
Prise de parole de Michel Lepetit: Michel Lepetit: le dilemme des investisseurs.
Paris, Nov. 21. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2012
"Establishing Green Redemption Funds." Twenty-person roundtable, How to Maintain an Ambitious Environmental Policy in Times of Crisis, chaired by James W. Hunt III, chief of environmental and energy services, city of Boston. U.S. Embassy, Paris. Oct. 24. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
"Green Growth?" keynote speech. Dalkia Convention. Porto, Portugal, May 11. (Dalkia is the energy services branch of Veolia Environnement, a global company with headquarters in Paris.) (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
"Green Jobs," End of Welfare panel, Young Movement, Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, June 2. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
"Green Redemption Funds--A Financial Solution to the Climate Crisis." Revolutions Underway Panel. Les Ateliers de la Terre Global Conference--International Forum for a Sustainable Development. Evian, France, Sept. 26-28. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
"The Green Redemption Fund." Closing speech for Les Respirations d'Enghien-Les-Bains. Oct. 21. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
Charman, Panel on Low Emission Zones. Les Respirations D'Enghien-Les-Bains. Panelists were Martin Lutz, head of air quality management, city of Berlin; Charles Buckingham, policy monitoring manager, Transport for London; Domonique Carre, deputy mayor eor Ecology of Pierrefitte-Sur-Seine and in charge of transport for an association of 10 towns north of Paris, Plaine Commune. Oct. 21. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Contributed Talk) 2011
I was invited by the French Minister of Ecology, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, to participate in a five-person (including the minister of ecology) panel discussion at NYU School of Law: "From Fast-start to Long-term Finance for Climate Protection: The Need for New Funding Sources." I proposed an EU-wide tax on barrel of oil equivalent (10 euros per barrel) to be collected at the point of importation or production, the money to be locked up in a Green Redemption Fund and used to insure accounts receivables for green investments. April 11. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2011
I was invited by the French Minister of Ecology, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, to participate in a private roundtable discussion on financing climate change with European experts from public and private finance organizations and hosted by the NYU School of Law. April 11. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Contributed Talk) 2011
"Green Business--Today, Tomorrow and Beyond 2020." PowerPoint presentation. 2020Exton Consulting. Paris, Summer University, Sept. 2. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2010
"Moral Leadership and Green Redemption" keynote speech. G20 Universal Ethics Summit. Seoul, Korea, Nov. 9. Video of speech at http://www.dailymotion.com/
video/xg8inc_g20-seoul-robert-bell-green-redemption-speech-full-text_tech. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2010
"Environnement--Et la planete, un consensus est-il possible, indispensable?" Les rencontres de Cannes. France, Nov. 21. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"L'Amerique d'Obama va-t-elle relever le defi?" Green keynote speaker. Les Respirations d'Enghien-les-Bains. France, Nov. 20. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"La croissance verte: mythe ou condition sine qua non de renaissance economique?" Think Tank, Societe et Consommation. Maison de la Recherche. Paris, Dec. 9. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"What Are Bubbles and Why the Next One Will Be Green." MEDEF 2009, Summer University. Paris, Sept. 7. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"Will Green Growth Result in the Biggest Boom in History?" Green keynote speaker. MIPIM 2009. Cannes, France, March 11. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"Will Obama's Green Growth Strategies Produce a New Energy Revolution?" keynote speech. 4th Annuual Environment Forum. ODDO Securities. Paris, June 18. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2009
"About the Green Bubble." Presentation for company management of Veolia Proprete. Brussels, Sept. 11. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2007
"Green Tech: Europe's High Card." Technology Fast 50 Conference and National Awards Ceremony. Paris, Nov. 19. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2007
"Investing in Renewable Energy." Inaugural speaker for Club of Energy and Finance. La Maison des Polytechniciens. Paris. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2007
"Is Clean Growth Possible?" International Clean Air Conference--Les Respirations. Enghien Les Bains, France, Nov. 9-11. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2007
"Sources of Renewable Energy and Reductions of Greenhouse Gases." 17th Ecological Meeting of the French Senate. Paris, Nov. 19. (Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums: Invited Talk) 2007