How to liberate nuclear energy, with Robert Zubrin
Alex Epstein is joined by futurist, nuclear engineering PhD, and energy expert Robert Zubrin to talk about how to liberate nuclear energy’s limitless potential. Drawing from Zubrin’s new manuscript “The Case for Nukes,” they cover: 1. Nuclear’s track record of providing low-cost, reliable, clean, safe electricity. 2. How irrational government policies have made nuclear vastly more expensive than it needs to be. 3. The key policies needed to liberate nuclear.
March 19, 2022
Joe Craft, America’s leading coal CEO, on America’s strangled coal potential
Alex Epstein interviews Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance Resource Partners, America’s most successful coal company, on the causes of and solutions to America’s and the world’s energy crisis. They cover: - Why and how most of today’s global energy crisis could have been prevented. - How government financial regulators have pressured financial institutions to stop lending to fossil fuels. - Why coal prices, long the most stable of all energy prices, have skyrocketed. - The connection between energy and freedom.
March 14, 2022
A discussion with Doomberg about the European Energy Crisis and solar’s scalability problems
On the latest Power Hour, Alex Epstein is joined by Doomberg, a rising pseudonymous star in the energy humanist movement. They discuss: Doomberg’s background and mission, the price and scalability challenges of solar, and the unfolding European energy crisis. You can subscribe to Doomberg’s Substack at Doomberg.substack.com and Alex’s Substack at alexepstein.substack.com
January 01, 2022
The threat of declining American oil with Michael Lynch
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein has a wide-ranging conversation with oil expert Michael Lynch about Lynch’s latest paper on how political and social forces threaten to drive oil production away from the US and toward the Middle East.
November 29, 2021
Bjorn Lomborg on the bad climate thinking of COP 26
As COP 26 wrapped up, Bjorn Lomborg joined Alex Epstein to discuss the many examples of bad thinking that have shaped the conference, including: - The false portrayal of today’s world as bad and getting worse. - The failure to consider the costs of reducing CO2 emissions. - The failure to discuss the benefits human beings get from fossil fuels. - The failure to consider any positive of CO2 emissions. - The failure to appreciate the power of adapting to climate changes. Additionally, Bjorn shares his thoughts on how to win more people over to thinking rationally about energy and climate. Link to Bjorn's 2020 article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162520304157 Link to Bjorn's book, False Alarm, where you can download the first 25 pages for free: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/bjorn-lomborg/false-alarm/9781541647473/
November 13, 2021
The rise of Michael Shellenberger and the energy humanist movement
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein is joined by Michael Shellenberger, author of the bestselling Apocalypse Never and San Fransicko, to discuss Shellenberger's rising influence and, more broadly, the growing influence of "energy humanists." Some of the topics covered in this free-flowing discussion are: - What caused Shellenberger to be more open in challenging climate catastrophism? - The strong pushback Shellenberger got from donors for challenging the liberal orthodoxy around renewables and climate catastrophe. - How to use Twitter effectively. - How to avoid Twitter addiction. - The commonalities among the "woke" movement and the modern environmental movement. - The ESG movement's "success" in driving up oil and gasoline prices. - The importance of having a positive, alternative vision and policy when defending against attacks on civilization. - The role of government in a pro-nuclear movement.
November 06, 2021
A wide-ranging discussion with leading climate economist Richard Tol
When leading climate economist Richard Tol publicly criticized a Twitter thread of Alex Epstein’s blaming anti-fossil fuel policies for the current energy crisis, Epstein invited Tal on Power Hour to discuss the issue as well as Tol’s work in climate economics. The result is an illuminating and wide-ranging discussion of many topics, including: - What climate economics is - Criticisms of climate economics by Noah Smith and others for not portraying man-made climate change as sufficiently catastrophic - The philosophical assumptions underlying climate catastrophism - How both Tol’s and Epstein’s work is based on a pro-human standard of evaluation - Why Richard Tol withdrew from a major role in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - How politics shapes every facet of the IPCC - The role of government restrictions on fossil fuel production and transportation in the energy crisis - The role of standard boom/bust cycles in the energy crisis - The role of unexpected demand in the energy crisis
October 29, 2021
Best-of Power Hour: The Future of Oil With Michael Lynch
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour: This week's Power Hour is a best-of episode, featuring a now prophetic interview with energy economist Michael Lynch. In February of this year, there were many prominent claims that post-pandemic demand for oil would quickly decline and fade. I thought these claims were based on farcical reasoning, and to counter them I invited one of my favorite energy economists, Michael Lynch, to challenge the idea of "peak oil demand." Early in the podcast he said: "In the past couple of years, people have started talking about peak oil demand. And the pandemic has increased the idea that it’s imminent or even passed. You’ve had a few companies like BP and Shell that have scenarios that show a near-term peak in oil demand. And it’s kind of the flavor of the day. “And the problem is, most of the talk is very superficial." I think you'll find it valuable to hear Lynch's and my arguments against popular predictions about energy, as we have since been vindicated.
October 22, 2021
Toby Rice, the CEO of America's largest natural gas producer, on America's strangled natural gas potential
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Toby Rice, the CEO of EQT, America's largest natural gas producer, about the causes of and solutions to the world's natural gas crisis. The takeaway: The US could alleviate most of this crisis--if not for anti-gas-infrastructure policies. "We really want to be a solution here," says Rice. "Unfortunately, we're just out of infrastructure. And so we have the biggest gas resource in the world here in Appalachia, and EQT could do so much more, but without the infrastructure, there's not much we can do..." Rice says what is needed to unleash natural gas's potential is liberating infrastructure development: "we're not asking for the checkbook to help us become more successful." "All we're saying that we need to unleash US shale is pipeline infrastructure and LNG facilities."
October 09, 2021
The Pseudoscientific Smearing of Steve Koonin
On April 27th, physicist Steve Koonin, who worked in the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy, published a challenge to climate catastrophism called “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, what It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.” While the climate catastrophe movement usually ignores criticisms, Koonin’s scientific standing, plus the fact that the book became a major bestseller, made this harder to do. Unfortunately, climate catastrophists have still tried their best to ignore Koonin’s arguments, and when they have engaged him it is through scientific smearing—such as an attack in Scientific American that consisted largely of ad hominems and attacking summaries of his book by a Washington Post columnist. On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Steve Koonin joins Alex Epstein to discuss not only the smears but much of what has been happening in the climate conversation over the last 5 months, including: - The recent IPCC report—including the curious absence of key graphs, the use of "attribution studies," and the methodology used to make climate models "hotter" even though they have typically over predicted warming in the past. - The media’s exaggerated portrayal of the recent IPCC report. - The positive reaction to Koonin’s book. - What scientists have told Koonin behind the scenes. - Koonin’s upcoming debates.
September 24, 2021
Best-of Power Hour: Steve Koonin
This week’s “Best-of Power Hour” features Alex Epstein’s interview with physicist Steve Koonin, author of the blockbuster book Unsettled, with a new introduction in anticipation of their forthcoming interview on the next episode of Power Hour.
September 09, 2021
How to create concise, retainable energy messaging
On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein shares what he's learned over the 18 months working with elected officials on how to create concise, retainable messaging, including: - How to link concise, retainable messages together. - What are the most important topics to cover? - The 8 types of messaging he uses most. - How to join Epstein's Energy Champions group.
August 28, 2021
Alaska's Governor Mike Dunleavy stands up for Alaska's right to develop
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Mike Dunleavy, the outspoken governor of Alaska, about his state's fight to develop fossil fuels and other valuable resources. They cover a wide range of topics, including: - Alaska's virtually limitless potential for resource development - How Alaska gets (mis)treated as a place where no development should occur - How natives of Alaska benefit tremendously from resource development and are harmed by opposition to development - How the campaign against drilling in "the Arctic" harms Alaska and plays into the hands of Russia - How the rest of the country can help Alaska fight back
August 13, 2021
Best-of Power Hour: Power Hungry with Robert Bryce
On this Best-of Power Hour, Alex Epstein takes us back to the first ever episode of Power Hour, featuring energy expert Robert Bryce. Alex will be appearing on Robert’s Power Hungry podcast the week of August 2nd. Listen to this episode, then Robert’s podcast, to see how the two have evolved over the last decade.
July 30, 2021
Economist Saifedean Ammous on "fiat science," "fiat education," and "fiat fuels"
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews economist Dr. Saifedean Ammous, about how systematic government control--"fiat"--wreaks havoc in the realms, not just of currency, but of science, education, and energy. They cover: - How government control in the realm of ideas is treated as benign but is in fact incredibly dangerous. - The myth that leading universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are "private." - What freedom of scientific inquiry looks like, and how it gave birth to the modern world. - Why much of today's "modeling" would not exist in a free market. - How the moral case for fossil fuels is taking hold in the Bitcoin community.
July 15, 2021
How to Bring About a Renaissance in Puerto Rico
Recorded in advance of Alex Epstein’s headline-making Congressional testimony about Puerto Rico, Alex Epstein interviews Yaron Brook, Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute and a Puerto Rico resident, about how to bring about a renaissance in Puerto Rico. Brook explains: - Why he moved to Puerto Rico - The parallels between Puerto Rico and Hong Kong - How Puerto Rican policy punishes native Puerto Ricans - Puerto Rico’s horrific electricity grid - Cultural challenges in Puerto Rico Toward the end of the episode, Brook discusses his new projects and Alex shares his formula for reframing the conversation in new fields.
July 07, 2021
Chris Wright, proud Oil & Gas CEO
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour: On this week’s Power Hour I have a wide-ranging discussion with Chris Wright, the proud and outspoken CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services. I first met Chris when we tag-teamed in a debate against climate catastrophists back in late 2015. He, like me, came to love fossil fuels despite not coming from that industry background at all (his background was working on fusion at MIT). In the past month Chris has done two very cool things. One is that he has responded to the ESG movement with a report entitled “Bettering Human Lives” that highlights the amazing benefits of the oil and gas industry, and encourages rational thinking about climate. Chris has also been making a lot of noise with a new “Thank You, North Face” billboard and video campaign. In our discussion Chris and I cover: - Why he chose to be an entrepreneur - The response to his revolutionary ESG report - The response to his “Thank You, North Face” campaign - His role working with Mitchell Energy to bring about the shale revolution - What Chris’s activist successes can teach other energy CEOs - Chris’s plans for future activism - Our common motivations for focusing our careers on energy - How we think about criticism
July 02, 2021
How "the experts" can be totally wrong about energy
From Alex Epstein: An understandable reaction to my view that the world should be using more fossil fuels in the coming decades, not less, is "This is the exact opposite of what 'the experts' say. Almost every institution I trust says the expert consensus is that we need to rapidly eliminate fossil fuel use. How can you be right and they be wrong?" On this week's Power Hour (coming out this Friday) drawing on some brand-new material from my forthcoming book Fossil Future, I tackle this question head-on, explaining three ways in which experts are often wrong. When we hear claims that "the experts" are wrong, we usually associate it with the claim that most experts in a field are factually mistaken. While this certainly does happen, there are two far more common ways in which "the experts" can be wrong--both of which are at work on the issue of energy. The factual conclusions of experts can be misrepresented by those who claim to speak for all experts. And the factual conclusions of experts can be misevaluated by those who claim to speak for all experts. In this episode I will show definitively that our knowledge system is wildly irrational in its method of moral evaluation when it comes to not only fossil fuels but also other cost-effective forms of energy.
June 19, 2021
Announcement: New Power Hour schedule
Power Hour will now be every two weeks. We've got some great guests coming up!
June 10, 2021
Alex Epstein interviews Dr. Patrick Michaels, climate scientist and policy expert, on how today’s climate “scientocracy”—the heavily government-funded and government-influenced field of climate science—works. While those outside the field of climate science tend to think of it as consisting of independent researchers, free to pursue the truth wherever it leads them, Michaels argues that our climate scientocracy makes this impossible. During the interview, Michaels answers questions including: - How has government transformed climate research during Michaels’s career? - How does government impact what research gets done? - How does academic research get communicated with the general public? - How do “consensus” statements come to be? For more on how government distorts science, see Dr. Michaels’s book Scientocracy.
June 03, 2021
The many myths of "energy transition"
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Terry Etam, an energy industry veteran who is one of the savviest energy analysts today. They debunk the claim that the world is going through a rapid "energy transition" away from fossil fuels by discussing many energy realities, including: - China's fossil fueled dominance of "green energy" - China's, Russia's, and India's plan to use more fossil fuel going forward - How California is "transitioning" to more and more blackouts - How Ontario's "transition" led to skyrocketing electricity prices - How Canada's "transition" is a senseless sacrifice of Canadian prosperity and security - How the same anti-human-impact forces that oppose fossil fuels also oppose the mining necessary for solar, wind, and batteries
May 27, 2021
Alex Epstein Congressional testimony and Q&A, May 19, 2021
On May 19, 2021, Alex Epstein testified in front of the House Natural Resources committee and answered numerous questions. This video features his testimony and Q&A, plus the backstory of the hearing and Alex’s answers to follow-up questions by Representative Lauren Boebert.
May 21, 2021
Best-of Power Hour: Onkar Ghate on Earth Day
From Alex Epstein: “10 years ago, I recorded what is still my favorite Earth Day Power Hour with philosopher Onkar Ghate, a long-time mentor of mine. Before we recorded the episode, Onkar suggested to me that we take a positive approach, explaining how much better human beings have made the Earth. That suggestion, and much of what we discussed in that episode, has affected my thinking ever since. "This best-of-episode features a new intro by Alex, including an update on Fossil Future.
May 14, 2021
How Climate Science Gets Distorted
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews economist Ross McKitrick, famous for debunking Michael Mann's once-ubiquitous "hockey stick," about how climate science gets distorted--so that what the public hears about climate science is a wild exaggeration of what most climate scientists actually believe. McKitrick explains: - How the "hockey stick" became ubiquitous despite widespread concerns about its (in)validity. - The real track record of climate models. - Why climate economists are coming under attack for rejecting climate catastrophism. - Why climate catastrophists face a reckoning over the next 10 years. - What we can expect from the UN IPCC's upcoming AR 6. - Why we almost never discuss the benefits of fossil fuels, including their role in driving progress.
May 05, 2021
Brent Bennett on the physics of energy progress and the politics of Texas electricity
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Brent Bennett, a materials scientist by training and Policy Director of Life:Powered. In the first half of the interview, Brent shares how his background in physics and materials science has informed his views on the future of energy. In the second half, he summarizes the politics of Texas electricity--before, during, and after the recent mass-blackouts. Some of the specific topics covered include: - Alex's analogy between drug addicts and "renewable" power sources. - How Moore's Law is not a physical law, and how treating it that way distorts thinking about batteries. - The limitations of batteries given existing physics knowledge. - The proper relationship between physics and economics, and how today's politicians invert it. - How Texas did not have enough electricity generation to avoid rolling blackouts even if zero natural gas and coal plants had gone down. - Why today's Texas electricity "market" is totally unfair to reliable producers of electricity. - What reforms are needed to make Texas electricity "markets" fair and reliable. - How large financial institutions and tech companies are advocating policies that double down on unreliable electricity when Texas desperately needs reliable electricity. - The powerful lobbyists that shape Texas electricity policy.
April 29, 2021
Obama administration physicist explains why climate catastrophism is unscientific
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Steve Koonin, a highly accomplished physicist and author of the new bestselling book "Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't and Why It Matters" In 2014, Koonin, who had worked in the Obama administration, began to question climate catastrophism when he led a panel of physicists assessing the current state of climate science. In his new book he summarizes what he regards as the actual state of climate science--which does not support claims of climate catastrophe at all. In this interview, Koonin discusses: - His conclusion that "Humans exert a growing, but physically small, warming influence on the climate." - Why "The net economic impact of human-induced climate change will be minimal through at least the end of this century." - Why "Government and UN press releases and summaries do not accurately reflect" scientific research reports. - How the US National Climate Assessment manipulated data to create an extreme heat pattern in the US that doesn't exist. - Why "the working scientists are often embarrassed by the way the IPCC winds up describing the state of the science." - Why "many of the senior climate scientists think that by the time now we've gotten to the sixth [IPCC] assessment report, it's no longer the A team that is preparing the reports." - How Koonin's career has enabled him to do a deep dive both into climate science and into energy economics. - The private response Koonin has gotten from other scientists. - What Koonin thinks of Bill Gates's book ("I think Bill wrote a pretty good energy book...but I think Bill's discussion of the climate is wrong and I would relish the chance to point out to him at some point.") - Why Koonin is eager to debate any climate scientists who disagree with him.
April 22, 2021
China’s Power Play
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews John Robson of Climate Discussion Nexus, about how the green energy movement is weakening free countries like the United States and increasing Communist China’s odds of achieving its goal of being the world superpower by 2049. They discuss: - John’s excellent video The Red-Green Menace - China’s openly stated goal of world superpower status - China’s continuing embrace of fossil fuels - How US “green energy” is inferior energy produced largely by Communist China using fossil fuels - How the corporate world plays into China’s hands - How US companies should stand up to climate catastrophism - The virtues of speaking the unpopular truth - How John debunked the 97% consensus myth
April 15, 2021
Why "the armchair economist" is "not an environmentalist"
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews economist Steven Landsburg, professor of economics at The University of Rochester, about how economics can help us understand many realms--including today's "religion of environmentalism." They discuss: - How Landsburg's popular book The Armchair Economist came about. - Why Landsburg regards "people respond to incentives" as the foundation of economics. - How understanding incentives makes sense of seemingly counterintuitive outcomes, such as recycling programs leading to fewer trees. - How understanding economics could have vastly improved vaccine distribution in the US. - The science of ecology vs. the religion of ecology. - How human beings ability to adapt to climate changes is largely ignored in today's discussions--and why economists don't speak up about it. - How "environmentalists" treat their personal preferences as morally superior to others' preferences. - Landsburg's economics-based approach to species extinction.
April 07, 2021
The Roots of the Green New Deal
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein discusses the policy platform known as the Green New Deal with Marc Morano, author of the new book "Green Fraud: Why The Green New Deal is Worse Than You Think." They focus on the roots of the Green New Deal--Marc, its historical and political roots, Alex, it's philosophical roots--which both believe are key to successfully opposing it and advocating a positive alternative. Some of the topics they cover are: - How Marc became skeptical of the modern environmental movement. - What UN climate conferences are really like--lavish parties, exotic locations, impressive carbon footprints. - How Marc was once kicked out of a climate conference and literally thrown in the middle of the desert. - Why Marc features EnergyTalkingPoints.com so prominently in his new book. - What we can learn from the great economics teacher Walter Williams. - Alex's views on the three levels of reframing the energy and climate conversation. - Where the Green New Deal came from. - How the Green New Deal is part of the current administration's plans. - The wide-ranging, totalitarian scope of the Green New Deal. - How Covid lockdowns are encouraging advocates of a totalitarian Green New Deal.
April 01, 2021
How Defunding Reliable Energy Caused the Texas Blackouts
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein joins philosopher Gregory Salmieri and statistician Carlos Carvalho to discuss what caused Texas electricity to be so unreliable when it was desperately needed during a recent winter storm. In this wide-ranging discussion Alex emphasizes the point that by giving undeserved money and preferences to unreliable wind and solar electricity, Texas defunded the reliable and resilient electricity it needed. Some specific topics include: - How the grid needs to match supply and demand. - What we know about what actually happened before the mass blackouts. - How Texas policy gives preference to wind and solar. - Why a “Red State” like Texas is so pro-wind. - How Texas’s “Energy Only” market works. - How Texas’s fundamental problems exist nationwide.
March 25, 2021
Fake Invisible Catastrophes--and why we fall for them--with Patrick Moore
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews ecologist Patrick Moore, cofounder of Greenpeace and author of "Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom." In his book Moore thoroughly debunks 11 alleged current or imminent catastrophes, from mass species extinction to ocean "acidification" to the near death of the Great Barrier Reef. In this interview Alex asks Moore about the false assumptions that drive our propensity to believe in "fake invisible catastrophes," including the assumption that human impact is inevitably destructive because it disrupts an alleged perfect, delicate balance of nature. More debunks this "delicate balance" idea thoroughly with numerous examples, above all with CO2 levels--which, he argues, were on a natural and deadly downward trajectory toward mass plant death until human beings restored some of it to the atmosphere.
March 18, 2021
"Steps toward decriminalizing nuclear" with Robert Hargraves
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Robert Hargraves on the topic of how to decriminalize nuclear energy so it can provide low-cost, reliable, ultra-clean energy for billions of people. Hargraves is cofounder of ThorCon and author of "Thorium: Energy Cheaper Than Coal." They cover topics including: - Why since the creation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) over 45 years ago not one nuclear power plant has been designed and built to completion. - Why the Linear no Threshold (LNT) approach guiding the NRC should be abolished. - What ALARA is, and how it increases nuclear costs. - Why South Korea builds nuclear plants at 1/3 US costs. - Should the NRC exist at all?
March 12, 2021
The fallacious "Social Cost of Carbon" with David Kreutzer
The Biden Administration has just announced $51/ton "Social Cost of Carbon." On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews David Kreutzer, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, about the many methodological and moral problems with this metric, including: - How the SCC overestimates negative climate impacts - How the SCC underestimates positive climate impacts - How the SCC underestimates adaptation - How the SCC ignores the unique cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels - How the SCC is radically changed by arbitrary decisions about its "discount rate"
March 05, 2021
Maxwell Goldberg on Our Dangerous Material Dependence on China
Alex Epstein interviews Maxwell Goldberg, an entrepreneur and industrial analyst, about our little-known dependence on China for dozens of materials that modern life requires. They cover topics including: - How Maxwell got interested in this issue at such a young age. - Just how dependent the US is on China. - China’s proven track record of exploiting its control of the “rare earths” supply chain - China’s goal - The sincerity of China’s “net-zero” by 2060 pledge - What policy changes are necessary Maxwell (Max) Goldberg is an industrialist and investor developing materials, manufacturing, and industrial companies, products, and services. In 2021 Max is focused on investing in and acquiring United States based manufacturing companies and helping United States industrial businesses dissect “where stuff comes from”, particularly the critical minerals and value-added-commodity-products that are ubiquitous throughout their value chains. Max is an engineer by training, with a B.S. in Materials Engineering and and M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2018, Max has hosted the Next Frontier Podcast, a show devoted to understanding how innovation resources enable industrialists and entrepreneurs to innovate faster than ever before. Max formerly worked as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dr. Peter Diamandis, executing technical due diligence and business development across the XPRIZE Foundation, Singularity University, Bold Capital Partners, Fountain Therapeutics, and Peter’s recent book launch. His website is https://maxwellgoldberg.com/
February 25, 2021
The Future of Oil with Michael Lynch
Alex interviews Michael Lynch, the renowned debunker of “peak oil,” to discuss Lynch’s new essay on “peak oil demand”—the idea that the post-pandemic world will mean “the end of oil.” https://eprinc.org/2021/02/the-pandemic-and-the-end-of-oil-the-pandemic-peak-oil-demand-and-the-oil-industry-by-michael-lynch-and-ivan-sandrea/ In this interview they cover: false past predictions of a green future, the real economics of EV batteries, what post-pandemic culture will look like, how much oil exists in the world, and much more.
February 18, 2021
The Failure of Unreliable Energy in Texas and Around the World with Steve Milloy
Alex brings on Steve Milloy, a fellow green energy whistleblower and creator of JunkScience.com, to discuss the massive power outages in Texas and how they were brought about by “green energy” policies. They also discuss the failure of green energy around the world this winter. Near the end of the show Alex asks Steve about his remarkable success countering “ESG” efforts and his views on the recently-publicized “fossil fuels cause 1 in 5 deaths” claim.
February 18, 2021
Alex Epstein on the world of energy in early 2021
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein shares a recent interview of him by Heidi McKillop, a Candian filmmaker who went from an opponent of the Candian oil and gas industry to a champion of it. This is his first wide-ranging interview in many months. He shares new thoughts on the world of energy including how to think about our environment, how to stand up to the anti-fossil fuel movement, and the miracle of “machine labor.”
February 11, 2021
The Destructive Power of ESG with Yaron Brook
Alex Epstein interviews Yaron Brook about the origins, rise, and unprecedented power of today’s anti-fossil fuel ESG movement in investing. They cover: - Larry Fink’s latest influential letter - The shareholder value theory of the purpose of a corporation - What’s wrong with the “stakeholder value” theory of the purpose of a corporation - How government coercion increases the power of the ESG movement - How the culture gives the ESG movement most of its power - What companies can do to fight back against the anti-fossil fuel ESG movement? Yaron Brook is a former finance professor, an investor, Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, and host of The Yaron Brook Show.
February 04, 2021
Our precarious electric grid with Meredith Angwin
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Meredith Angwin, author of Shorting the Grid, on the precariousness of today’s electric grid. They discuss: - Why the so-called competition of today’s electric grid is a myth. - The strengths and weaknesses of the old regulated monopoly system. - Why “deregulation” increased costs and regulation. - How today’s pseudo-competitive RTO (Regional Transmission Organization) works. - How today’s RTO system devalues reliability. - How New England’s inability during a cold snap to provide electricity without using massive amounts of oil (and some Russian gas) is a sign of things to come. - What policies can improve the system. - What the average person (ratepayer) can do to make a difference.
January 28, 2021
Pierre Desrochers on the history of environmental catastrophism
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Professor Pierre Desrochers of the University of Toronto, about the history of environmental catastrophism, including but not limited to climate catastrophism. Today we are told that our use of fossil fuels is causing a global environmental catastrophe, and that the solution is for government to dictate what kind of energy we should use, namely solar and wind. Both this prediction and this policy, we are told, are the conclusions of the best experts, especially environmental experts like climate scientists, and thus should not be questioned. Pierre Desrochers explodes this idea by chronicling in depth the track record of our designated environmental experts. For more on the history of environmental catastrophism, read Population Bombed, which Professor Desrochers wrote with collaborator Joanna Szurmak.
January 21, 2021
Rupert Darwall on The Unscientific and Suicidal Corporate Net-Zero Movement
On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews energy/environment researcher Rupert Darwall, author of The Age of Global Warming and Green Tyranny, on why the corporate “net-zero” movement is unscientific and suicidal. Here’s some of what they cover: - Where the net-zero-by-2050 and its accompanying 1.5 degrees C target came from. Hint: It’s not a scientific origin. - How even small steps toward “net-zero” are harming citizens and industry in the UK. - The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) religious focus on minimizing human impact on the planet instead of maximizing human flourishing on the planet. - How the IPCC evades the amazing improvement in human life over the past two centuries and fossil fuels’ fundamental role in it. - How the IPCC doesn’t seriously address the costs of net-zero policies. - Why certain elements of Wall Street find “net-zero“ so compelling.
January 14, 2021
How the fossil fuel industry can stand up for itself
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews one of his mentors, philosopher Onkar Ghate, on how the fossil fuel industry can fight for its freedom (far) more effectively by standing up for itself as a matter of justice. Some of the questions discussed include: - Why is it so powerful to fight on grounds of justice? - What should people in the fossil fuel industry consider unjust about the way they’re treated? - What kind of justice should the fossil fuel industry demand? - How should the fossil fuel industry act in the political world? - How should the fossil fuel industry interact with the media? - How should the fossil fuel industry act in the corporate/ESG world? - What can we learn from Ayn Rand’s success in winning people over to the cause of economic freedom?
January 07, 2021
Anas Alhajji on the future of energy and energy security
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews international energy economist Anas Alhajji about the future of energy and energy security. They cover: - What factors affect energy security - How overreliance on electricity is a threat to energy security - The future of competition with the global oil industry using solar, wind, and batteries - The future of competition within the global oil industry, including US shale, OPEC, and Russia - The contradictions of the modern environmental movement
December 30, 2020
The CEO who took on The North Face
Alex Epstein interviews Adam Anderson, author of a widely-circulated open letter to The North Face when the company refused to sell Anderson’s oilfield services company, Innovex, 400 jackets. They discuss: - How Adam got into the oil and gas industry - Why Adam wrote the letter - How Adam was influenced by The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels - The unexpected volume of feedback Adam has gotten - Why The North Face and other anti-hydrocarbon groups didn’t publicly respond - Why speaking up has less downside than people think - Adam’s plans for the future
December 23, 2020
The Physics of Freedom with Professor Adrian Bejan
On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein continues his discussion with physicist Adrian Bejan, of “constructal law” fame, to discuss the central ideas of Bejan’s book Freedom and Evolution. They cover: - Professor Bejan’s broad-ranging conception of freedom, including change and movement. - How freedom of change and movement naturally leads to economies of scale for humans, for other life forms, and for the inanimate. - How freedom of change and movement and naturally leads to hierarchies, for other life forms, and for the inanimate. - How Bejan explains the continued dominance of the Northeast United States in the university world. - Why Bejan expects energy use to keep increasing. - Why Bejan agrees with the moral case for fossil fuels. - The role of bad ideas in restricting freedom and progress
December 17, 2020
The physics of life, energy, and environmental impact with Adrian Bejan
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Adrian Bejan, a Duke Professor and Benjamin Franklin Medal recipient renowned for identifying “constructal law.” The topic is how physics, specifically thermodynamics, can help us better understand life, including our use of energy, our environmental impact, and the need for freedom. Topics covered include: - How Bejan escaped communism, immigrated to the US, and studied MIT. - How Bejan identified “constructal law.” - The universality of thermodynamics. - Why humans impacting our environment is natural. - Bejan’s predictions of our energy and climate future.
December 09, 2020
Threats to Energy Freedom with Congressman Keith Rothfus
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein is joined by former Congressman Keith Rothfus, to talk about threats to energy freedom under the new administration--and how to fight back. Alex asks Congressman Rothfus: - What prompted you to run for Congress? - What did you do to promote energy freedom while in Congress? - What are the major attacks on energy freedom you expect from the Biden administration and its Congressional allies? - What advice do you have for pro-energy, pro-freedom elected officials? - Are there opportunities to make a difference by proposing legislation even if it won’t pass (like Democrats with the green new deal)? - What do you think of EnergyTalkingPoints.com--and what can we do to make it better?
December 02, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Greenpeace cofounder Dr. Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism
In the “Best-Of” episode, originally titled “Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism,” Moore does just that by looking at rising CO2 levels from a scientific and pro-human perspective--not the pseudoscientific and anti-human perspective that dominates today. Topics include: - Why Moore left Greenpeace. - The beginnings of the climate catastrophe movement. - Why Moore believes human beings would not only survive but survive better at far higher average temperatures (which would be concentrated toward the poles). - Why Moore believes that contrary to being in a Sixth Extinction, we are actually at an unprecedented time of biodiversity with no end in sight. - Why Moore believes “ocean acidification” claims are totally meritless. - The commonality among opposition to plastics, GMOs, nuclear energy, and fossil fuels. - Moore’s unrefuted theory that human beings actually saved life on Earth from terminal decline in CO2 levels.
November 26, 2020
“Where is My Flying Car?” with J. Storrs Hall
On this week’s Power Hour Alex interviews futurist J. Storrs Hall, author of the mind-blowing book Where’s My Flying Car? which gives a brilliant analysis of what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century. Topics they cover include: - What is the Great Stagnation? - How did you become interested in analyzing the Great Stagnation? - What is your basic explanation for The Great Stagnation? - How does government funding of research promote stagnation? - How does the “green” philosophy promote stagnation? - What was the trajectory of nuclear energy before government started criminalizing it? - What legal/regulatory reforms are necessary to decriminalize nuclear? - What can we do to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation?
November 18, 2020
Fossil fuels in India: an insider’s perspective with Vijay Jayaraj
On this week’s Power Hour, I interview Vijay Jayaraj, an up and coming energy/environment researcher based in India. Vijay has experienced the reality of poverty, including energy poverty, firsthand--as well as India’s rapid rise from poverty using fossil fuels. Some topics we discussed included: - Why Vijay decided to study energy and environmental issues professionally. - Vijay’s experience at the University of East Anglia during the “Climategate” scandal. - What life in the unempowered world is like for women. - What sanitation is like in the unempowered world. - Hunger challenges in the unempowered world. - How international investment revolutionized India. - How coal revolutionized India. - How the less-developed world can tell its energy story. Toward the end of the episode we began what I hope is an ongoing discussion about how the unempowered/less-developed world can tell its energy story and advocate for its right to use more fossil fuels. Vijay mentioned at the end of the episode that he’s available to do research and write papers. If you’d like to reach him his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 11, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on Apocalypse Never
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex shares some thoughts on the election and then features a “best of” interview with Michael Shellenberger, author of Apocalypse Never. Some highlights: - How Shellenberger went from being a renewables activists to championing nuclear. - Why Shellenberger decided to stand up against climate catastrophism after years of silence. - How modern environmentalism is a religion. - The real motives of most of modern environmentalism. - How environmental journalists misrepresent environmental science.
November 06, 2020
Boilermakers 154's Shawn Steffee on the Future of Fossil Fuels in Pennsylvania
Recently, Shawn Steffee, an executive board member of Boilermakers 154 in Pennsylvania, was featured on a popular FoxNews segment in which he loudly and proudly advocated for fossil fuels. On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Steffee about the fossil fuel industry in Pennsylvania and what its challenges and opportunities are going forward. They cover: - Why every other form of energy is made using fossil fuels - How Steffee learned about the case for fossil fuels - Why utilities should offer a real renewable energy option, where your power gets cut off when sunshine and wind are inadequate - What happens “behind the scenes” when you turn your lights on - Common-sense problems with using solar in regions with bad winters - Why “smart” people can have so many dumb ideas about energy - The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania - The coal industry in Pennsylvania - The myth of the perfect climate
October 28, 2020
A climate activist turned climate thinker
Alex Epstein interviews Joakim Book, an up-and-coming economic and environmental commentator.These days Book is writing articles challenging climate catastrophism and explaining the value of abundant energy use.But he used to be a climate activist who thought he was saving the planet from the evil of fossil fuels. Epstein and Book cover: - Book’s time as a climate activist. - Why Book and others never questioned the rightness of opposing fossil fuels. - How economic thinking changed Book’s perspective. - How Book was influenced by The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. - What lessons we can learn about persuasion from Book’s experience.
October 21, 2020
Q&A for The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann
This week’s Power Hour features the wide-ranging Q&A from a recent speech Alex Epstein gave at Lafayette College--a speech that was supposed to be a debate with Michael Mann. Some of the many topics covered include: - Does the moral case for fossil fuels uncritically assume that progress is good? - Do people really choose fossil fuel energy? - Can the dominance of fossil fuels be explained by a lack of research into other sources of energy production? - Climate-related damages beyond climate-related deaths. - Energy poverty in the US - The value of fossil fuel-based materials - The “abuse-use fallacy” - Why the anti-fossil fuel movement is anti-nuclear. - The “delicate nurturer” vs. “wild potential” view of Earth - What we can learn from hunter-gatherers - The psychological motivation for being anti-human - Electric cars - Does Alex have a favorite fossil fuel?
October 14, 2020
The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann
This week's Power Hour features a recent speech Alex Epstein gave at Lafayette College that was supposed to be a debate with Michael Mann. Learn why Mann pulled out of the debate and hear the latest version of the moral case for fossil fuels.
October 08, 2020
Rigged Against Reliables: How Electricity Pseudo-Markets Punish Reliability and Drive Up Costs
It’s common for us to hear that solar, wind are cheaper than coal or gas. Specifically we’ll hear that solar and wind are “bidding” at lower prices than goal or gas. All of this sounds very competitive, like they’re winning on the merits on a free market. And yet at the same time, something is clearly very wrong. Electricity costs tend to go up the more “cheaper” solar and wind you add. Intuitively we know that it’s wrong to not factor in reliability when you’re comparing prices. On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Tom Stacy, an electricity consultant who explains how electricity markets are “rigged against reliables”--and what we need to do to make them fair and beneficial.
September 30, 2020
How to Think About Consensus
A couple months ago, a young researcher named Emily Harari reached out to me about my views about the scientific consensus on climate change. She raised some interesting questions I hadn’t commented publicly on, so I agreed to do the interview if we could share it with my listeners. This week’s Power Hour features that interview. Some of the topics we cover are: - The legitimate and illegitimate view of consensus - How to learn the actual state of consensus - The National Climate Assessment - How consensus statements often misrepresent the state of consensus - The role of the media in distorting science - How transparent should consensus discussions be - The obligation of scientists to stand up to false consensus statements
September 23, 2020
The California Wildfires: A Historical Perspective with Chuck DeVore
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Chuck DeVore, a Vice President at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and former California state assemblyman on the California wildfires. DeVore has extensively studied the history of fires in California, and gives a fascinating historical perspective that points the right path forward. Questions covered include: - What is California’s climate like historically in terms of being prone to fire? - How were forests and fires dealt with by natives prior to the Gold Rush? - How were forests and fires dealt with subsequent to the Gold Rush? - What policies have been most responsible for making us Californians vulnerable to dangerous fires? - How have logging policies affected vulnerability to dangerous fires? - How have air quality policies affected vulnerability to dangerous fires? - What are the most important policies to fix the situation? - How can we as citizens get involved?
September 16, 2020
Patrick Moore on How “Green” Forest Mismanagement Caused the California Wildfire Disaster
On a special bonus episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Patrick Moore, ecologist and cofounder of Greenpeace, on the realm causes of California’s wildfire disaster. Moore pins the blame squarely on “green” forest mismanagement. Topics covered include: - What are the top policy changes necessary to prevent dangerous, out of control wildfires (not the same as fires)? - How does private vs. government ownership of land affect the likelihood of dangerous fires? - What are the major drivers of dangerous, out of control wildfires? - What places in the world have the best wildfire management? - How have government policies changed for the worse in the US? - How do you respond to claims that these fires are inevitable because of climate changes? - Dr. Moore’s forthcoming book on invisible catastrophes.
September 16, 2020
Promoting freedom and energy in 2020 — interview with the Club for Growth’s David McIntosh
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth, one of the world’s most influential free-market organizations. The Club for Growth recently shared Alex’s EnergyTalkingPoints.com website with its members and the candidates it works with. In the interview Alex asked McIntosh a wide range of questions relating to promoting freedom and energy in 2020, including: - What does the Club for Growth do? - How does the Club for Growth select and help free-market candidates? - What are the most important issues at stake this election? - Why did the Club for Growth share Alex Epstein’s EnergyTalkingPoints.com? - What has McIntosh learned about effectiveness in Washington that supporters of energy freedom can utilize to become more effective?
September 09, 2020
Congressman Chip Roy on The 2020 Energy Debate
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein brings on Congressman Chip Roy to discuss the 2020 energy debate and how pro-freedom candidates and citizens can be successful in it. Some topics they cover include: - Why energy policy has not been a big topic of discussion so far, particularly among Republicans. - Why we can expect energy policy, including climate policy, to be a big topic in the final two months of campaigning. - What Congressman Roy thinks of EnergyTalkingPoints.com. - The challenges candidates face in dealing with a wide variety of issues. - Some of the most common energy and climate questions candidates need help responding to. - How to promote EnergyTalkingPoints.com.
September 02, 2020
The Real Villains Behind CA Wildfires and Blackouts with Michael Shellenberger
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein brings back Michael Shellenberger, our most popular guest of 2020, for an in-depth look at the California blackouts and the California wildfires.
August 26, 2020
Economics, Energy, and Bitcoin
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews economist Dr. Saifedean Ammous about economics and energy. Dr. Ammous, in part due to his influence by The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is working on a new economics textbook that makes energy a central focus in analyzing the causes of prosperity. Dr. Ammous is best known for his popular book The Bitcoin Standard, a fascinating look at the economics of Bitcoin. Alex and Dr. Ammous discuss a wide range of topics, including: - How Ammous got interested in energy economics. - What Ammous learned studying the economics of biofuels. - Why it’s crucial to think of time as the most important resource. - How energy relates to time. - How economists tend to undervalue energy–and what Ammous is doing to address this. Additionally they discuss several foundational issues in economics, such as the nature of money, economic calculation, the nature of value, and opportunity cost. I hope you enjoy the wide-ranging discussion. As a bonus, on this episode Alex gives his first ever public explanation of “the private jet problem,” a central idea in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0.
August 19, 2020
On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein shares EnergyTalkingPoints.com–a growing library of short, powerful, and carefully-referenced talking points that any pro-freedom candidate or citizen can use. He discusses the enthusiastic responses he’s gotten so far and asks listeners to spread the word by: - Sharing them with campaigns you’re connected to and encourage those campaigns to talk to me. - Sharing them on social media. - Sharing them with coworkers and employees. - Sharing them with programs you like and encourage the hosts to invite me on. We want more campaigns to get them and use them like the one who sent this message did: “[Y]our talking points are so thorough…We’re going to work these into our messaging on energy and the environment. Much appreciated!”
August 17, 2020
Mark Mills on our energy future and why it isn’t “renewable”
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on the future of energy in general and “renewable energy” in particular. In the last year and a half Mark has published two fascinating and widely circulated reports: “The ‘New Energy Economy’: An Exercise in Magical Thinking” and “Mines, Minerals, and ‘Green’ Energy: A Reality Check”. Mark brings a great perspective to energy issues because he a) has a strong physics background and b) he is deeply knowledgeable about how different industries, above all the digital technology industry, use energy. On the show Mark and Alex discuss: - The three ways to use unreliable “renewable” energy and why none them work well - The massive and rapidly increasing quantities of reliable electricity used by digital technology - Why every hour of video uses as much energy as driving 1 mile - How AI has a limitless need for energy - Tech companies’ contradiction of supporting unreliable energy and demanding ultra-reliable energy - The fallacy of equating energy and electricity - The limits of battery density - Why engineers can’t fulfill arbitrary political wishes
August 06, 2020
California’s Energy Nightmare, “energy privilege,” and resisting oppression
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Ron Stein, author of Energy Made Easy and Just Green Electricity, about the decline of California’s energy system. On the show they discuss: - How much oil California uses and where it comes from. - The decline of California energy production and the rise of imports from the Middle East. - Where California’s electricity comes from–hint: a lot of it isn’t from California. - How California is shutting down 4 reliable power plants with no replacements on the horizon. - How California’s regressive oil and electricity policies his poor and middle class Californians the hardest. - How California can change its energy future. On the podcast Alex also answers two listener questions: one about “energy privilege” and one about the role of reliable, low-cost energy in fighting oppression. At the end of the second question Alex discusses how modern, high-powered communication systems are valuable for fighting many kinds of oppression, but how the current social media model is dangerously suppressive of open intellectual debate.
July 29, 2020
Alex Epstein’s most in-depth interview ever on the moral case for fossil fuels
From Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels Last Thursday I was interviewed by former Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts as part of a project by him to educate Australian politicians and members of the general public on energy and climate. We ended up going 2 hours and 15 minutes. I think it’s my best and most comprehensive interview to date. Here’s the very long list of topics we covered. - Should Senator Roberts be proud to be a human being, and be proud to have worked in the coal industry? - The vast improvement in human life and the role of fossil fuel “machine food” in that improvement - How much the human environment has improved in the last 200 years - How fossil fuels make it much easier to preserve the most desirable parts of nature - How fossil fuels helped end slavery and servitude - The three ways in which fossil fuels are crucial to medical science - How fossil fuels make possible today’s amazing division of labor - What going back to nature would be like in a world of 8 billion people - The question our society should be obsessed with but isn’t - The right way and wrong way to think about “changing the system” - Why the view that we are in a climate crisis is a religious, not scientific, view - Fossil fuels, opportunity, and happiness - Human beings’ capacity for caring and how it is manipulated - What actually leads to a better future for future generations - How property rights are required for a proper relationship between human beings and the rest of nature - The untold devastations of our anti-property rights policies such as the Endangered Species Act - A thought experiment: how would we think of fossil fuels if they sucked CO2 out of the atmosphere - Why people expect rising CO2 levels to be bad even though science tells us they will a) significantly increase plant growth and b) warm mostly the oldest parts of the world. - The “anti-impact framework” underlying most of today’s energy and environmental thinking - Why the moral case for fossil fuels does not depend on CO2 having a negligible impact - Sea level rise as by far the most plausible threat of rising CO2 levels—and why even that is a weak threat - The disingenuousness of “climate justice” - The four major types of energy - Why it’s wrong to compare the prices of reliable and unreliable energy - How “unreliables” don’t replace the costs of reliables, they add to the costs - How “unreliables” cannot make themselves but depend on fossil fuels for their existence - 100% renewable plans as “equal parts ignorant and genocidal” - Why the anti-fossil fuel movement is anti-nuclear - Why electricity prices in the US have gone up despite cheaper natural gas and coal prices - How the anti-impact movement stopped the trend of declining energy prices - The motives of the anti-impact movement - The role of envy - “The anti-impact framework” - How anti-impact, anti-human moral ideas attract power-lusters - The human flourishing framework - Why hydrocarbon companies don’t stand up to the anti-fossil fuel movement - The difference between executives’ and politicians’ public views on climate and their private views on climate - When are we obligated to speak the unpopular truth? - The power of one courageous voice - Why I focus on spreading the good news about climate livability - My relationship to the fossil fuel industry - Are we going to run out of fossil fuels? - Why having “good intentions” must include the intention to understand the relevant facts - How I approach thinking about moral issues
July 22, 2020
False Alarm, the book the New York Times doesn’t want you to read
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour On this week’s Power Hour I interview Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. As I discussed in my review of the book several weeks ago, I think this is an extremely valuable book, on two counts above all. 1. It documents in case after case how the media and political leaders wildly distort the conclusions of mainstream climate research. 2. It documents in case after case how human adaptation can neutralize climate danger. The book was recently attacked in a New York Times “review” by the famous near-socialist economist Joseph Stiglitz. Bjorn systematically refuted the pseudo-review on this impressive LinkedIn article. On the show we discuss: - How trusted media sources manipulated a climate research paper to predict 187 million climate refugees when the number was actually around 300,000 (half the number of people who move out of California every year) * Why we always need to look for positive and negative impacts, not just one or the other - How many seconds worth of electricity all of America’s batteries can store today - The true state of solar and wind in the world today - How people in developing countries around the world demand “real electricity,” not the meager, unreliable electricity provided by much-heralded solar installations - The prospects for nuclear energy - Some of the crude errors of the New York Times review of False Alarm - How global capitalism will encourage energy progress even when specific technophobic countries reject it
July 22, 2020
Greenpeace cofounder Dr. Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Dr. Patrick Moore, ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace, about climate catastrophism. Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism by looking at rising CO2 levels from a scientific and pro-human perspective–not the pseudoscientific and anti-human perspective that dominates today. Topics include: - Why Moore left Greenpeace. - The beginnings of the climate catastrophe movement. - Why Moore believes human beings would not only survive but survive better at far higher average temperatures (which would be concentrated toward the poles). - Why Moore believes that contrary to being in a Sixth Extinction, we are actually at an unprecedented time of biodiversity with no end in sight. - Why Moore believes “ocean acidification” claims are totally meritless. - The commonality among opposition to plastics, GMOs, nuclear energy, and fossil fuels. - Moore’s unrefuted theory that human beings actually saved life on Earth from terminal decline in CO2 levels.
July 16, 2020
Alex Epstein interviews Caleb Rossiter on the campaign to silence climate debate on Facebook
Alex Epstein interviews Caleb Rossiter , Chairman of the CO2 Coalition. There is an active campaign, led by billionaire anti-fossil-fuel activist Tom Steyer, to convince Facebook to remove the CO2 Coalition from its platform. Some highlights include: - Rossiter’s decades-long work on African issues. - Why fossil fuels, especially coal, are crucial to African prosperity. - How Rossiter became suspicious of climate models. - CO2 as a warming gas *and* a plant fertilizing gas. - How challenging climate catastrophism hurt Rossiter’s career. - How the “paid off by the fossil fuel industry” narrative is laughable.
July 08, 2020
“I apologize for the climate scare”: Alex Epstein interviews Michael Shellenberger
Alex Epstein interviews Michael Shellenberger, author of Apocalypse Never, which hit #5 on Amazon. His recent article, ‘On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare,’ has been widely shared. Some highlights: - How Shellenberger went from being a renewables activists to championing nuclear. - Why Shellenberger decided to stand up against climate catastrophism after years of silence. - How modern environmentalism is a religion. - The real motives of most of modern environmentalism. - How environmental journalists misrepresent environmental science.
July 02, 2020
Michael Shellenberger, Bjorn Lomborg, and the Pro-Human Environmental Movement
Alex Epstein discusses two soon-to-be released books: Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger and False Alarm by Bjorn Lomborg. He explains why these are crucial books in the broader project of a pro-human environmental movement that rejects climate catastrophism.
June 24, 2020
Alex Epstein interviews Naomi Seibt on her fight against the German government
On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Naomi Seibt, the 19-year-old German teenager who has been called “the anti-Greta” for her articulate and outspoken challenges to climate catastrophism. The focus of the discussion is the outrageous attempt of the German government to take down her videos challenging climate catastrophism and advocating what she calls “climate realism.” Instead of trying to resolve the issue quietly, Naomi says “I’m going to go big this time. And I’m going to involve the press. I’m going to make this very public….people will see what’s going on and how they try to silence us. And I think that will make them question the issue a lot more.”
June 17, 2020
Q&A on 100% renewable policies, violating stay-at-home orders, and George Floyd
On this episode of Power, Alex Epstein answers listener questions about “100% renewable,” why he publicly violated Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order, and the George Floyd saga.
June 10, 2020
How Energy Innovation Works: an interview with Matt Ridley by Alex Epstein
Alex Epstein interviews Matt Ridley on the topic of “how energy innovation works.” Drawing from Ridley’s new book, “How Innovation Works,” they discuss: -Why Ridley considers “the conversion of heat to work” to be perhaps the most important innovation. -The true story of innovation in fracking and why the conventional narrative about it being a government-led innovation is false. -Why there’s so little innovation in nuclear–and what to do about it. -Why freedom is crucial to innovation.
June 03, 2020
The Power Liars: How Google, Microsoft, and Amazon pretend to be 100% renewable
On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein and Steffen Henne discuss: - Why no company is or can be 100% renewable for the foreseeable future. - The three dishonest techniques companies use to claim that they are “100% renewable” or “carbon neutral.” - How Google, Microsoft, and Amazon use these techniques to deceive the public. - Why companies’ refusal to consider nuclear energy is cowardly. - How 100% renewable propaganda pollutes the energy debate.
May 28, 2020
Ray Niles on How a freer market can help us protect ourselves from COVID-19
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour On this week’s Power Hour I interview economist Ray Niles on how a freer market can help us protect ourselves from COVID-19. We covered topics including: - How price controls, in the form of anti-“price-gouging” laws, caused – shortages of vital medical supplies and other supplies. - How we are in a critical moment for freedom in America. - How “temporary” incursions on freedom rarely go away. - How a freer market in hospitals would increase capacity. - The long-term consequences of money-printing and “stimulus.”
May 20, 2020
A free-market response to oil price crashes
On this week’s Power Hour I interview Wayne Christian, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (the primary governing body over oil and gas in Texas), on why he decided against passing a government-controlled cap on oil production in Texas.
May 13, 2020
“Safer Outside”: Alex Epstein interviews Daniil Gorbatenko
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour. In a bonus episode of Power Hour I interview one of my favorite COVID commentators, economist Daniil Gorbatenko, about the overwhelming evidence that the lockdown mantra “safer inside” is wrong. Being inside increases our risk of a dangerous infection from COVID-19 by a) exposing millions to higher doses of the virus and b) decreasing immunity. Being outside by contrast, exposes us to lower doses of the virus and increases our immunity. So not only are the lockdowns catastrophically destructive to every aspect of life besides COVID-19, they also make many and likely most Americans more vulnerable to harm from COVID-19 itself.
May 07, 2020
The Five Things Planet of the Humans Gets Totally Wrong
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour. On this week's Power Hour I discuss "The Five Things Planet of the Humans Gets Totally Wrong." 1. It evades how bad the “natural” planet was for human life. 2. It evades how good today’s humanized planet is for human life. 3. It evades our ability to create new value and grow indefinitely. 4. It evades our ability to produce more value with fewer side effects (e.g., nuclear). 5. It evaluates the state of the planet by an anti-human standard (unchanged nature), not a pro-human standard (human flourishing).
May 07, 2020
The Five Things Planet of the Humans Gets (Mostly) Right
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour. On this week's Power Hour I discuss "The Five Things Planet of the Humans Gets (Mostly) Right." 1. Green energy is a high-impact industrial process 2. Green energy has many undesirable environmental impacts 3. Green energy is hugely dependent on fossil fuels 4. "100% renewable" is energy accounting fraud 5. Leading green energy advocates are a terrifying combination of ignorant and dishonest Next week I'll cover "The Five Things Planet of the Human Gets Totally Wrong."
April 30, 2020
Onkar Ghate on a More American Approach to COVID-19
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour. This week’s Power Hour features a 2-hour interview with philosopher Onkar Ghate, focusing on why lockdowns were never a necessary or proper response to COVID-19. Dr. Ghate, a Senior Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and a longtime colleague (and mentor) of mine, has been doing some great work on what a truly American, pro-freedom, approach to infectious diseases looks like. Some topics we covered include: - We need objective, clearly defined laws specifying and limiting the power of government in regard to infectious diseases. - Why Sweden has more American infectious disease laws than America does. - How clearly defined laws lead to better preparedness by government, industry, and individuals. - Why more profit-making in the health care system is key to scaling capacity. - How governments have failed to do their proper job of identifying and isolating infectious individuals. - How far greater transparency from government would empower a free people to make rational decisions. - The right way to handle potential hospital capacity shortages. - How the idea of “free” health care promotes irresponsible behavior. - Why state-wide lockdowns were not the right policy with the evidence we had. - Why lockdowns were a panic-based, not reason-based policy that should be removed as quickly as possible. - How governments should make policy and communicate to citizens going forward. - Why now is the time to write to government officials—and what you should write.
April 23, 2020
A Pro-Freedom Approach to COVID-19, Climate Talking Points, the “Denier” Smear
On this week's Power Hour I cover 4 topics: 1: A pro-freedom approach to COVID-19 2: My favorite COVID-19 commentators 3: The fallacy of COVID-19 and climate "denial" 4: New climate talking points
April 16, 2020
Green Energy vs. Recovery, Obama’s Climate Fixation vs. Pandemic Preparedness
On this week's Power Hour I cover 3 big topics: 1: Why green energy mandates would be a death blow to economic recovery Many political officials are pushing for various green energy mandates, such as the Wind Production Tax Credit, to be part of “phase 4” of the COVID-19 response. In the first segment of this week’s Power Hour I explain why the worst thing we can do at this stage is dramatically increase the price of energy, which would have the “death blow” effects of 1) decreasing American productivity and 2) increasing consumer prices. I offer a very different approach, energy freedom—including the decriminalization of nuclear energy. 2: Obama draws exactly the wrong lesson on pandemic preparedness Former President Barack Obama recently tweeted the following to great acclaim. "We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall." On the second segment of this week’s Power Hour I explain why this is the wrong lesson, and look at how Obama’s and others’ “climate change fixation” took their eye off pandemic response and other urgent priorities. 3: What is our COVID-19 goal? In the final segment of this week’s Power Hour, I ask: What is our COVID-19 goal? Is it to eradicate COVID-19 or to manage it? In my view most political officials keep switching between these two goals, leading to mass confusion and unnecessary destruction. I make the case that given the reality of COVID-19 today our goal should definitely be intelligent management and that the eradication goal is doing incredible unnecessary harm.
April 09, 2020
COVID-19 filters, intellectual persuasion, a new Robert Bryce interview, and more
With in-depth interviews of experts on controversies such as “green energy,” offshore drilling, “energy independence,” fossil fuels, etc, Power Hour seeks to help listeners get clear on these complex but vital issues. Every episode features a new guest, an extended interview/discussion, and a closing segment with my takeaways from the discussion.
April 01, 2020
Don’t stop living, live smarter: a path forward on COVID-19
On this week’s Power Hour I explain why I’ve jumped into the COVID-19 policy debate and why I believe bad thinking methods are driving leading predictions and policies. Then I offer a first draft of a path forward, which I call “Don’t Stop Living, Live Smarter." The six key steps are: Step 1: Acknowledge the difficult reality we are in. Step 2: Recognize that an indefinite universal lockdown is both impractical and immoral. Step 3: Massively increase testing and transparency Step 4: Liberate American ingenuity to massively increase treatment ability Step 5: Help the highly vulnerable minority protect themselves. Step 6: Go back to work (and school) with virus-prevention best-practices.
March 26, 2020
4 ideas about COVID-19 you won’t hear anywhere else
With in-depth interviews of experts on controversies such as “green energy,” offshore drilling, “energy independence,” fossil fuels, etc, Power Hour seeks to help listeners get clear on these complex but vital issues. Every episode features a new guest, an extended interview/discussion, and a closing segment with my takeaways from the discussion.
March 18, 2020
Thoughts on the Oil Price Crash and the ESG Chess Game
With in-depth interviews of experts on controversies such as “green energy,” offshore drilling, “energy independence,” fossil fuels, etc, Power Hour seeks to help listeners get clear on these complex but vital issues. Every episode features a new guest, an extended interview/discussion, and a closing segment with my takeaways from the discussion.
March 11, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Richard Salsman on waste and pollution
March 07, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Robert Bradley on our energy resources
February 26, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Dr. Denis Rancourt on the true physics of CO2
February 19, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Dr. Amesh Adalja on the threat of infectious diseases
February 12, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Jude Clemente on energy poverty and America’s energy opportunity
February 05, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Steve Milloy on the science and policy of emissions
January 29, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Robert Zubrin on the future of human progress, aquaculture, mariculture, and genetic engineering
January 22, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Mukul Sharma on Fracking 101
January 15, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Pierre Desrochers on Capitalism and Our Environment
January 08, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Kirk Sorensen on Thorium
January 03, 2020
Best of Power Hour: Michael Lynch on the economics of oil prices
December 18, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Marian Tupy on Human Progress
December 12, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair
December 04, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Dr. Edward Calabrese on the Science of Environmental Danger
November 27, 2019
Best of Power Hour: John Christy on what climate scientists do and don’t know
November 20, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Brendan O’Neill on Humanism and Anti-humanism
November 13, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Judith Curry on the state of climate science
November 06, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Rod Adams on the secret history of nuclear power
October 30, 2019
Fact-checking Epstein vs. RFK, Jr.
October 23, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Dr. Patrick Moore on a rational, pro-human approach to ecology
October 16, 2019
Best of Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on a new approach to environmental issues
October 09, 2019
Greta Thunberg’s unscientific sermon, climate protests, and fossil fuel divestment
September 25, 2019
The Saudi oil attacks, Greta Thunberg’s U.S. visit, the myth of “green jobs”
September 18, 2019
The climate change town hall wake-up call
September 16, 2019
Hurricane Dorian, methane regulation rollback, ethanol welfare, and more
September 04, 2019
Bernie’s totalitarian climate plan, David Koch’s legacy, the truth about Amazon fires
August 28, 2019
Special Edition: How many Gores do you emit?
August 28, 2019
Eco-fascist mass murder, the Texas energy crisis, and “contaminating” the moon
August 21, 2019
The Endangered Species Act, solar roads, the war on meat, and more
August 15, 2019
Ohio’s nuclear bailout, prestigious economist says GND would help the economy, and more
August 07, 2019
Carbon tax fallacies, Earth Overshoot Day, and Thunberg’s climate summit stunt
July 31, 2019
Heat waves and blackouts, Berkeley’s natural gas ban, and calls for a climate moonshot
July 24, 2019
Green policies vs. green energy, Trump’s environmental offensive, and NASA’s 97% lie
July 17, 2019
NY’s climate law, Inslee calls for climate indoctrination, and LEGO renounces plastic
July 10, 2019
The Democratic debate’s approach to energy and climate, the real potential of electric vehicles and more
July 03, 2019
The NYT admits climate models have failed, a misleading climate timeline, and more
June 19, 2019
Chernobyl, Bloomberg’s anti-coal pledge, another failed climate prediction
June 12, 2019
Biden’s climate plan, freedom gas, heat waves, and more
June 05, 2019
CA flirts with gas-powered car ban, TX stands up to pipeline sabotage, the EU elections
May 29, 2019
Australia votes for energy abundance, Venezuelan gas lines, and good news on drought
May 22, 2019
Biden’s climate conundrum, the IMF’s phony fossil fuel subsidy claim, and more
May 15, 2019
The UN’s latest environmental scare, the hidden risks of rooftop solar, renewables growth slows
May 08, 2019
California blackouts, nuclear bailouts, Beto’s GND-lite, NY bans skyscrapers, and more
May 01, 2019
Fact-checking the NYT on renewables, Iran sanctions, criminal climate protests, and more
April 24, 2019
The existential threat of the GND, Chevron buys Anadarko, flying car fears, and more
April 17, 2019
The true cost of solar, Keystone XL, Arctic drilling in jeopardy, and more
April 10, 2019
The Senate’s GND vote, Bernie’s fracking ban, how to think about byproducts
April 03, 2019
Arguing to 100 vs. Arguing to 0
March 27, 2019
How to think about air pollution, the 2020 election, fracking bans, and ethanol mandates
March 20, 2019
Framing energy conversations, Venezuela goes dark, nuclear’s amazing safety record
March 13, 2019
Changing the narrative vs conceding the narrative, climate mastery, CO2 turned into coal
March 06, 2019
Improving the human environment, Trump’s climate panel, Amazon’s “shipment zero” sham
February 27, 2019
The evolution of my environmental philosophy, greens vs. nuclear, CA’s train to nowhere
February 20, 2019
The Green Great Depression, Nike’s 100% renewable lie, reviewing Michael Mann, and more
February 13, 2019
The real cost of solar, wind, and batteries, the Polar Vortex, Budweiser’s 100% wind lie
February 06, 2019
AOC’s climate inquisition, the EV religion, Canada and Germany ponder energy suicide
January 30, 2019
Top economists call for a carbon tax, Tesla struggles, the BlackRock climate hoax, and more
January 24, 2019
How to evaluate claims about energy, the carbon tax, Wall Street goes green, and more
January 16, 2019
Bill Gates vs. Elon Musk, the Green New Deal, Yellow Vest protests, and more
January 09, 2019
Dan Sullivan on Human Flourishing
January 06, 2017
Dr. Edward Calabrese on the Science of Environmental Danger
November 22, 2016
Dr. Patrick Frank on the Accuracy of Climate Models
September 08, 2016
John Grizz Deal on Produced Water Handling and Small Scale Nuclear Power
August 18, 2016
Ethan Atwood on An Amazing Advocacy Success Story
July 20, 2016
Marian Tupy on Human Progress
July 20, 2016
Dr. Denis Rancourt on The True Physics of CO2
May 11, 2016
Dr. Amesh Adalja on the Threat of Infectious Diseases
April 19, 2016
Christopher Horner on How Green Activists Manipulate Government
March 11, 2016
Steffen Henne on the Truth About Unreliable Energy Sources
February 19, 2016
Travis Fisher on the 100% Renewable Scam
February 05, 2016
Amanda Maxham on the Virtues of GMOs
January 28, 2016
Michael Lynch on Recent Oil Prices
January 16, 2016
Sherry Orton on Obama’s Clean Power Plan
January 05, 2016
Dr. David Legates on the Climate Science Establishment
December 29, 2015
Dr. Richard Keen on the Truth About Temperature
December 21, 2015
Pat Michaels on our Lukewarming Climate
December 14, 2015
How to Talk to Anyone About Energy
December 10, 2015
Craig and Sherwood Idso on the Failures of Climate Predictions
December 01, 2015
Jeffrey McClure on “Socially Responsible Investments”
November 27, 2015
Understanding Climate Models with Christopher Essex
November 18, 2015
James Rust on the History of Opposition to Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels
November 10, 2015
Steve Hayward on All Things Energy
November 02, 2015
Marc Morano on Threats to Energy Freedom
October 26, 2015
Jude Clemente on Energy Poverty and America’s Energy Opportunity
October 19, 2015
Judith Curry on The State Of Climate Science
On this week’s Power Hour, climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry, Professor and former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and proprietor of the blog Climate Etc., joins me to discuss how she went from being a mainstream climate scientist to one of the […]
October 13, 2015
Alex Epstein at Wellesley College on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
On September 17, I spoke to a packed room of students at Wellesley College about The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and answered questions for over an hour. Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes
October 05, 2015
Pierre Desrochers on “The Bet”
On the latest episode of Power Hour I talk with Pierre Desrochers about the 25th anniversary of the momentous bet between resource theorists Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon. Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes
September 29, 2015
Dr. Patrick Moore on a Rational, Pro-Human Approach to Ecology
On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Patrick Moore, ecologist and a co-founder (and defector) of Greenpeace about how the science of ecology has been corrupted over the decades, and how it can be fixed. Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes
September 22, 2015