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Peter Huber.

Peter Huber is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute writing on the issues of drug development, energy, technology, and the law.

Huber is the author of The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law Is Undermining 21st Century Medicine (Basic Books, 2013.) He wrote The Bottomless Well, coauthored with Mark Mills, which Bill Gates said "is the only book I've ever seen that really explains energy, its history and what it will be like going forward". Huber's previous book, Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists (Basic Books, 2000), which was called "the richest contribution ever made to the greening of the political mind" by William F. Buckley, Jr., set out a new conservative manifesto on the environment which advocates a return to conservation and environmental policy based on sound science and market economics. In 1997 he authored two books, Law and Disorder in Cyberspace: Abolish the FCC and Let Common Law Rule the Telecosm, which is an examination of telecommunications policy (Oxford University Press) and (with the University of Pennsylvania's Kenneth Foster) Judging Science, Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts (MIT Press). Previous books include Orwell's Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest, (Free Press, 1994), Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom (Perseus Book Group, 1991); and Liability: The Legal Revolution and its Consequences (Basic Books, 1988).

Huber has also published articles in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, as well as many other publications, including Science, The Wall Street Journal, Reason, Regulation, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Face the Nation and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Before joining the Manhattan Institute, Huber served as an assistant and later associate professor at MIT for six years. He clerked on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and then on the U.S. Supreme Court for Sandra Day O'Connor. Huber also is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen and Todd.

Huber earned his law degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

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Business and Economy
  • Gotham’s Hidden Infrastructure Boom City Journal, Spring 1998
  • Telecosm NYC City Journal, Summer 1997
  • Bound to Burn City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Who Pays For Speed? Forbes.com, 02-27-06
  • A Power Portfolio Forbes.com, 04-11-05
  • Going Private Forbes.com, 10-27-03
  • Antitrust's Real Legacy Wall Street Journal, 12-26-02
  • Is a Breakup Next? Not Likely Wall Street Journal, 04-04-00
  • Breaking Up Isn't Hard to Do Wall Street Journal, 11-10-99


  • Consumer Driven Health Care
  • The Patient's Right to Know Forbes.com, 07-24-06


  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Sniffing Backpacks Forbes.com, 08-15-05
  • Al Qaeda and the ACLU Forbes.com, 08-11-03
  • The Biosniffers Are Coming Forbes.com, 06-23-03


  • Crime
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Washington Created WorldCom Wall Street Journal, 07-01-02


  • Culture and Society
  • Orwell's Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest Book, 1994
  • Who Owns the Code of Life? City Journal, Autumn 2013


  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • The Liability and Regulatory Threat to Biotech Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1988
  • Vaccines Are Scarce. Why? Forbes.com, 09-04-06
  • The Coming Plague Wall Street Journal, 04-10-07
  • Anthraxing New York RealClearMarkets, 11-16-09
  • Science on the Potomac Forbes.com, 12-31-09
  • The FDA and Methuselah Forbes.com, 04-12-10


  • Drug Importation and Price Controls
  • Science on the Potomac Forbes.com, 12-31-09
  • The FDA and Methuselah Forbes.com, 04-12-10


  • Drugs
  • Who Pays for a Cancer Drug? Forbes, 01-06-09
  • Conflicted Doctors Forbes.com, 04-07-08
  • The Coming Plague Wall Street Journal, 04-10-07
  • Of Pills and Profits: In Defense of Big Pharma Commentary, 07-01-06
  • Gouging The Drug Companies Forbes, 12-12-05
  • Precision Molecular Medicine versus the FDA Testimony, 12-12-13


  • Economic Development
  • $3 Gas? We'll Shrug It Off Forbes.com, 05-09-05
  • Oil, Oil, Everywhere . . . Wall Street Journal, 01-27-05
  • Capturing Carbon is Our Only Option Dallas Morning News, 05-08-09
  • It's the End of Oil / Oil Is Here to Stay Time, 10-23-05
  • Got a Computer? More Power to You. Wall Street Journal, 09-07-00
  • My Tax-Free Roomba Forbes.com, 08-05-09
  • Kill Oil Wall Street Journal, 09-17-09
  • Heavy Iron = Energy Independence The New York Sun, 04-07-05


  • Energy
  • Energy Here and Now: New York’s Independent Future Event Transcript, September 2003
  • New York’s Energy Future: Looking Bright or Headed for a Blackout? Event Transcript, June 2003
  • Can Terrorists Turn Out Gotham’s Lights? City Journal, Autumn 2004
  • Why the U.S. Needs More Nuclear Power City Journal, Winter 2005
  • The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, The Virtue of Waste and Why We Will Never Run Out Of Energy Book, 2005
  • The Million-Volt Answer to Oil Energy Policy & the Environment Report, October 2008
  • Bound to Burn City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Toyota's MPG game Forbes.com, 12-24-07
  • Follow the Money Forbes.com, 04-09-07
  • Love Uranium Forbes.com, 11-27-06
  • Crude Awakening Wall Street Journal, 02-03-06
  • Thermodynamics and Money Forbes.com, 10-31-05
  • The Art of Energy Slate, 02-01-05
  • The Virtue Of Waste Forbes.com, 12-13-04
  • Dig More Coal, The Hybrids Are Coming Forbes.com, 05-24-04
  • Brawn & Brains Forbes.com, 09-15-03
  • Buy (Some) Utilities Forbes.com, 02-17-03
  • Gasoline and the Grid Forbes.com, 11-25-02
  • It's Time for Greens to Go Nuclear Wall Street Journal, 04-21-01
  • A Green Manifesto Forbes.com, 01-24-00
  • How Non-Green Cities Are Rebuilding the American Forests Los Angeles Times, 12-29-99
  • Replacing Oil with Substitutes Won't Put U.S. at Disadvantage Washington Examiner, 09-16-09
  • Kill Oil Wall Street Journal, 09-17-09
  • Kill Oil with Natural Gas and Electricity: A Carbon Strategy the World Can Afford Energy Policy & the Environment Report, September 2009
  • The Carbon Con Game Forbes.com, 10-15-09
  • Broadband Electricity and the Free-Market Path to Electric Cars Energy Policy & the Environment Report, March 2011


  • Environment
  • How Cities Green the Planet City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Why the U.S. Needs More Nuclear Power City Journal, Winter 2005
  • Bound to Burn City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Oil, Gas and Wires Forbes.com, 10-28-08
  • The Carbon Curtain Forbes.com, 07-17-08
  • The Forest Killers Forbes.com, 04-10-06
  • Getting Over Oil Commentary, 09-15-05
  • The End of the M.E.? American Society of Mechanical Engineering Magazine, 05-15-05
  • Making coal green Forbes.com, 07-08-02
  • Running Strong National Review Online, 04-17-00
  • Six Acres and a Deere Forbes.com, 03-20-00
  • Ecological Eugenics Wall Street Journal, 12-20-99
  • Tires, Bees and Expertise Wall Street Journal, 04-01-99
  • Replacing Oil with Substitutes Won't Put U.S. at Disadvantage Washington Examiner, 09-16-09
  • Kill Oil Wall Street Journal, 09-17-09
  • Kill Oil with Natural Gas and Electricity: A Carbon Strategy the World Can Afford Energy Policy & the Environment Report, September 2009
  • Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists Commentary, 04-01-98
  • Brand New Green City Journal, Spring 2010
  • Broadband Electricity and the Free-Market Path to Electric Cars Energy Policy & the Environment Report, March 2011


  • FDA Reform
  • The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law Is Undermining 21st Century Medicine Book, November 2013
  • The Digital Future of Molecular Medicine: Rethinking FDA Regulation Project FDA Report, May 2013
  • Our Backwards Government Can't Keep Up With the Fast and Furious Germs of the Future Wired, 11-09-13
  • Precision Molecular Medicine versus the FDA Testimony, 12-12-13
  • Follow The Molecular Pathway The Hill, 02-12-14
  • Overcoming 20th-Century Regulations To Allow 21st-Century Cures Reason, 03-05-14
  • Unleash Molecular Medicine Wall Street Journal, 07-08-14


  • Foreign Affairs
  • Cassandra v. Cassandra Forbes.com, 05-21-07
  • The Carbon Con Game Forbes.com, 10-15-09


  • Government Reform
  • Law and Disorder in Cyberspace: Abolish the FCC and Let Common Law Rule the Telecosm Book, 1997
  • Who Owns the Code of Life? City Journal, Autumn 2013


  • Healthcare
  • Germs and the City City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Cherry Garcia and the End of Socialized Medicine City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Curing Diversity City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • How The New Medicine Renders Universal Health Care Impossible Investor's Business Daily, 10-26-07
  • Medicine Gets Cheaper Forbes.com, 03-01-04
  • Anthraxing New York City Journal, Autumn 2009
  • Who Owns the Code of Life? City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • Our Backwards Government Can't Keep Up With the Fast and Furious Germs of the Future Wired, 11-09-13
  • Overcoming 20th-Century Regulations To Allow 21st-Century Cures Reason, 03-05-14
  • Unleash Molecular Medicine Wall Street Journal, 07-08-14


  • Homeland Security
  • Can Terrorists Turn Out Gotham’s Lights? City Journal, Autumn 2004
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Anthraxing New York City Journal, Autumn 2009


  • Legal Issues
  • Canute's Revenge: Proposition 103 and its Aftermath | Proposition 106 and the Incompetent Consumer Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1989
  • Manufacturing the Audi Scare Civil Justice Memo/Forum, January 1990
  • Putting Punitive Damages into Perspective Civil Justice Memo/Forum, March 1990
  • Who Will Protect Us from Our Protectors? Civil Justice Memo/Forum, July 1987
  • The Liability and Regulatory Threat to Biotech Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1988
  • Joiner, Scheffer and Kumho: Refining the Standards for Expert Evidence Civil Justice Memo/Forum, December 1998
  • Science in the Courts Civil Justice Memo/Forum, September 1997
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Assessing the Impact of the Daubert Decision: Junk Science: A Turnaround in the Courts? Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1995
  • Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences Book, 1988
  • Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom Book, August 1991
  • Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law Book, June 1993
  • Judging Science: Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts Book, May 1997
  • The Liability Maze: The Impact of Liability Law on Safety and Innovation Book, July 1991


  • Media
  • Smile, You're on Googcam Forbes.com, 02-07-07
  • The Death of Old Media Albuquerque Journal, 01-11-00


  • New York City
  • Telecosm NYC City Journal, Summer 1997
  • Can Terrorists Turn Out Gotham’s Lights? City Journal, Autumn 2004
  • Guns, Tobacco, Big Macs—and the Courts Commentary, 06-15-99


  • NYC Economy
  • Telecosm NYC City Journal, Summer 1997
  • Don't Close Indian Point New York Daily News, 07-20-03


  • NYC Politics
  • Anthraxing New York RealClearMarkets, 11-16-09


  • Privatization/Competitive Contracting/Budgets
  • Good Data Make Good Fences Forbes.com, 05-19-08


  • Products Liability
  • Who Will Protect Us from Our Protectors? Civil Justice Memo/Forum, July 1987
  • Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences Book, 1988
  • Manufacturing the Audi Scare Civil Justice Memo/Forum, January 1990


  • Reform Proposals
  • Canute's Revenge: Proposition 103 and its Aftermath | Proposition 106 and the Incompetent Consumer Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1989
  • Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom Book, August 1991
  • Judging Science: Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts Book, May 1997
  • Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences Book, 1988


  • Regulation
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Revitalizing First Amendment Protection For Electronic Speech Event Transcript, December 3, 2002
  • Germs and the City City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Cherry Garcia and the End of Socialized Medicine City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Curing Diversity City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Bound to Burn City Journal, Spring 2009
  • Anthraxing New York City Journal, Autumn 2009


  • Regulation through Litigation
  • Putting Punitive Damages into Perspective Civil Justice Memo/Forum, March 1990
  • Who Will Protect Us from Our Protectors? Civil Justice Memo/Forum, July 1987
  • The Liability and Regulatory Threat to Biotech Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1988
  • Liability: The Legal Revolution and Its Consequences Book, 1988


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • Assignment: Wombats Forbes.com, 12-25-06


  • Scientific Evidence
  • Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom Book, August 1991
  • Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law Book, June 1993
  • Judging Science: Scientific Knowledge and the Federal Courts Book, May 1997
  • Assessing the Impact of the Daubert Decision: Junk Science: A Turnaround in the Courts? Civil Justice Memo/Forum, February 1995
  • Manufacturing the Audi Scare Civil Justice Memo/Forum, January 1990
  • Science in the Courts Civil Justice Memo/Forum, September 1997
  • Joiner, Scheffer and Kumho: Refining the Standards for Expert Evidence Civil Justice Memo/Forum, December 1998


  • Tech and Environment
  • Gotham’s Hidden Infrastructure Boom City Journal, Spring 1998
  • New York, Capital of the Information Age City Journal, Winter 1995
  • Taking the Long View Pays Off Civil Justice Memo/Forum, May 1995
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Orwell's Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest Book, 1994
  • Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists Book, January 2000
  • How Cities Green the Planet City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Telecosm NYC City Journal, Summer 1997
  • Germs and the City City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Uncle Sam, Tech Investor Forbes, 03-29-09
  • Warning--Tsunami Forbes.com, 06-30-08
  • Techno-Optimism Forbes.com, 01-31-08
  • The PalmPilot-JDAM Complex Forbes.com, 05-12-03
  • The Silicon Car Forbes.com, 12-25-00
  • Al Gore is No Conservationist Washington Post, 04-01-00
  • The Bug That Didn't Bark Wall Street Journal, 01-04-00
  • Fear Nature, Not Technology Wall Street Journal, 08-18-99
  • My Tax-Free Roomba Forbes.com, 08-05-09
  • Blueprint for the Earth Forbes.com, 09-20-04
  • Truck-Size Transistors Forbes.com, 07-26-04
  • Brand New Green City Journal, Spring 2010


  • Technology
  • How Cities Green the Planet City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Telecosm NYC City Journal, Summer 1997
  • Gotham’s Hidden Infrastructure Boom City Journal, Spring 1998
  • Can Terrorists Turn Out Gotham’s Lights? City Journal, Autumn 2004
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Germs and the City City Journal, Spring 2007
  • Cherry Garcia and the End of Socialized Medicine City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Curing Diversity City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Web 50.0 Forbes.com, 11-12-07
  • Blunder 2007 Forbes.com, 10-01-07
  • Secure I.D.s and the Net Forbes.com, 08-13-07
  • The Inegalitarian Web Forbes.com, 02-17-07
  • Data in Motion Forbes.com, 02-14-05
  • Crossed Wires Forbes.com, 10-18-04
  • Reflections on a Master Forbes.com, 04-26-04
  • Trading on Secrecy Forbes.com, 03-29-04
  • That's Showbiz Forbes.com, 01-06-03
  • Military-Industrial Complex, 2003 Forbes.com, 05-12-03
  • A Brave New Digital World Forbes.com, 10-14-02
  • The Next Killer App Forbes.com, 12-10-01
  • The Vision Thing Forbes.com, 01-07-02
  • Deregulation Will Survive Enron Wall Street Journal, 12-06-01
  • Spread the Wealth Forbes.com, 03-19-01
  • Blueprint for the Earth Forbes.com, 09-20-04
  • Truck-Size Transistors Forbes.com, 07-26-04
  • Digital Innovators vs. the Patent Trolls Wall Street Journal, 04-18-11
  • Follow The Molecular Pathway The Hill, 02-12-14
  • Overcoming 20th-Century Regulations To Allow 21st-Century Cures Reason, 03-05-14


  • Telecommunications
  • Revitalizing First Amendment Protection For Electronic Speech Event Transcript, December 3, 2002
  • Law and Disorder in Cyberspace: Abolish the FCC and Let Common Law Rule the Telecosm Book, 1997
  • The Telecommunications Act of 1996 Book, January 1996
  • The Government's Role in Promoting the Future of the Telecommunications Industry and Broadband Deployment Testimony, October 1, 2002
  • Attack of the 'Cuisinart' Regulators Wall Street Journal, 02-26-04
  • Data on the Move Forbes.com, 12-23-03
  • Telecom undone—a cautionary tale Commentary, 01-26-03
  • Forget Federalism National Review Online, 02-18-03
  • Digital Innovators vs. the Patent Trolls Wall Street Journal, 04-18-11


  • Terrorism
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Anthrax and Lawyers Forbes.com, 10-16-06
  • Panic and Terrorism Forbes.com, 03-31-03
  • Anthraxing New York City Journal, Autumn 2009


  • Transportation
  • The Efficiency Paradox Forbes.com, 08-20-01


  • Urban Issues
  • Germs and the City City Journal, Spring 2007


  • Value of Medicine
  • The FDA and Methuselah Forbes.com, 04-12-10
  • The Digital Future of Molecular Medicine: Rethinking FDA Regulation Project FDA Report, May 2013


  • War on Terror
  • Can Terrorists Turn Out Gotham’s Lights? City Journal, Autumn 2004
  • How Technology Will Defeat Terrorism City Journal, Winter 2002
  • Anthraxing New York City Journal, Autumn 2009


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