Posts by Alex Epstein

Power Hour: Robert Bradley on Our Energy Resources

Power Hour is now weekly, and we kick off our first weekly episode with energy guru Robert L. Bradley, Jr, CEO of the Institute for Energy Research, Editor of the MasterResource energy blog, and expert on the history, economics, and philosophy of energy resources. On this episode, Bradley and I discuss the apocalyptic predictions of […]

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The Truth About Chernobyl in One Minute

A horrendous-looking movie called “The Chernobyl Diaries” is coming out on May 25. Which is a good occasion to learn the truth about Chernobyl. Here’s Dr. Jay Lehr on “The Best of Power Hour.” [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/JL-The-Truth-about-Chernobyl.mp3] The Truth about Chernobyl in One Minute In this segment, recorded a year ago, Dr. Lehr also predicts that […]

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Nuclear Power is the Safest Power — The Best of Power Hour

On this installment of The Best of Power Hour, Dr. Jay Lehr, Science Director of the Heartland Institute (whose conference CIP will be attending next week) cuts through the hysteria and explains why nuclear power is the safest form of power generation ever devised. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/JL-Intro-to-Nuclear-Power.mp3] Download The Best of Power Hour–Nuclear Power is the […]

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The Cost of Doing Business in America — New Study by Thumbtack.com

One of the great untold stories in modern journalism is how government controls strangle business and productivity. Fortunately, some businesses are starting to fight back. For example, check out this new study by Thumbtack.com, which surveyed small businesses across America about issues such as. Ease of starting a business Hiring costs Regulations Health & safety […]

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The Fallacy of “Energy Independence” — Robert Bryce on The Best of Power Hour

Robert Bryce is the author of Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence. In this installment of The Best of Power Hour, Bryce explains what’s wrong with the notion of “Energy Independence.” [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/RB-on-Energy-Independence.mp3] Download and Save: The Fallacy of “Energy Independence” with Robert Bryce Want more great guests like Robert Bryce on […]

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Bryce and Epstein Refute America’s “Addiction to Oil”

The latest installment of The Best of Power Hour features an excerpt from our February 2011 show with Robert Bryce, the leading free-market energy author today. We discuss the difference between trade for oil and “dependence” on foreign oil, and what’s wrong with the expression “addiction to oil.” [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bryce-Epstein-on-Addiction.mp3] Download and Save: Is America […]

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How much energy do we use? Robert Bryce on The Best of Power Hour

Did you know that the world uses over 20 Saudi Arabias worth of energy a day? On this installment of “The Best of Power Hour,” Robert Bryce, author of Power Hungry, explains the incredible scale of today’s leading methods of energy production. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Robert-Bryce-on-Energy-Scale.mp3] Robert Bryce on Energy Scale Want more Power Hour? With your […]

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Debunking “Externalities”

A popular characterization of laissez-faire capitalism is that it leads to unacceptable negative “externalities,” such as pollution by energy producers. On this installment of “The Best of Power Hour,” Pierre Desrochers and I debunk this idea from several angles: political, economic, and historical. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/PD-Externality-Fallacies.mp3] Download the Best of Power Hour–Debunking Externalities For more on […]

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What exactly are oil reserves? The answer may surprise you

We talk all the time about oil reserves–how much of them America has, how much the rest of the world has–but what are they, exactly? On this installment of “The Best of Power Hour,” oil economist Michael Lynch gives a great introduction to oil terminology. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ML-What-Are-Reserves.mp3] Download the Best of Power Hour–What are oil […]

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The Permit Plague

In an important new article, “The Permit Plague,” Professor Gary Hull of Duke University documents one of the greatest obstacles to industrial progress: government permitting policies. The tumor of government permits has metastasized throughout the economy.  In many parts of the country, such permits are required if one wants to do any of the following: […]

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