Leading Scholars Sign Open Letter Against Divestment

Since today is Global Divestment Day, I want to reprint an open letter I wrote in 2013, cosigned by many leading scientists and other scholars, explaining why this movement is anti-progress and anti-education. Dear American Universities, You have no doubt heard the calls by certain environmentalist groups for you to publicly divest your endowments of any investments in the fossil fuel industry. We ask that you …

The Moral Case For Investing, Not Divesting, In Fossil Fuels

Since I comment on the energy industry for a living, I do not invest in energy stocks, including stocks in the fossil fuel industry. But if I did invest in the fossil fuel industry, I would be damn proud of all the good my investment was doing in the world. And so should the thousands of university endowments and financial …

12 Questions Obama’s Science Advisor Refuses To Answer

Several months ago John Holdren, President Obama’s chief science advisor, offered to answer the public’s questions, particularly about the science behind the administration’s call to make the vast majority of fossil fuel use illegal over the next several decades. From the Press Release: Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wants to answer …

A Humanist Approach To Environmental Issues

The central goal of my recently-released book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels is to challenge—and change—the way we think about the morality of using not just fossil fuels but any form of energy. In particular, I think we urgently need to adopt a humanist instead of a naturist approach to thinking about energy and environmental issues. Some context: historically and today, there is a shocking …

How Fossil Fuels Cleaned Up Our Environment

Imagine we transported someone from the essentially fossil fuel-free environment of three hundred years ago to that of today, which has been fundamentally shaped by coal, oil, and natural gas. And imagine we then took him on a tour of the modern world, good and bad, clean and dirty. What would he think about our environment? I’ll call our visitor …

The Baby Who Lived: How Energy Saved My Friend’s Son

Every Wednesday at 3:30, my friend Pari and I have a one-hour meeting; we both run our own businesses so we discuss our challenges and share ideas. But I wasn’t expecting to meet at 3:30 on Wednesday, December 17. Pari and her husband Keith had a major appointment later that evening: Pari would be giving birth to their second child, …

Power Hour: Rod Adams on The Secret History of Nuclear Power

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Rod Adams, publisher of Atomic Insights, about nuclear power and how the build time as well as the cost for new reactors have been increased by irrational fear of it. Download Episode 97 with Rod Adams Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes

How Opposition To Fossil Fuels Hurts The Poor Most Of All

One of the most evil things you can do to a poor person is take away his freedom to improve his fate. The United Nations and governments around the world are doing just this by pushing for massive restrictions on the energy of opportunity: fossil fuel energy. The common narrative about fossil fuels is that by using so many of …