Is there a moral case for fossil fuels? With Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein is a philosopher who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement. Alex is also the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Penguin, 2014), a New York Times bestseller arguing that if we look at the whole picture, human flourishing requires that humanity use more fossil fuels not less. The book has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our continuing use of fossil fuels, winning Epstein the “Most Original Thinker of 2014” award from The McLaughlin Group. 

Time stamps:

0:10:59 Podcast begins with Alex Epstein

0:11:39 My take on the climate story

0:15:59 What does it mean to be “good for the climate?”

0:21:49 Ideally, we want to impact climate directly as humans

0:27:44 Go to: https://industrialprogress.com/ if interested in the release of Alex Epstein’s book

0:28:29 Many of the climate arguments told to us are taken out of context

0:36:59 Elon Musk says we can make Mars livable, but a 2-degree warming of Earth will make our planet un-livable 

0:39:44 Predictions from 50 years ago never came true

0:47:59 The problem with the term “climate change denyer”

0:54:54 The benefits of fossil fuels

1:00:54 The problem with solar and wind power

1:07:54 The clean energy standard goals from the current administration

1:15:29 Final points with Alex Epstein: let’s think about a livable planet vs. an un-impacted planet

1:18:59 Where to find more of Alex Epstein

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