Power Hour: Michael Lynch on the Economics of Oil Prices

On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Michael Lynch, President and Director of Global Petroleum Service at Strategic Energy & Economic Research Inc. (SEER), about the recent oil price drop and its underlying economics. Download Episode 98 with Michael Lynch Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes

The Crisis In Energy Education

In this series I will be exploring the dangerous lack of energy education in the United States, particularly about the indispensable benefits provided by fossil fuel energy—the subject of my book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. This week I focus on the lack of education within the fossil fuel industry. In future segments I will focus on mis-education in schools and …

How To Solve The Water Crisis: Use More Fossil Fuels

It’s cliché to say we have a water crisis. It’s certainly cliché to blame it on “climate change,” i.e. fossil fuels. But if we look at the big-picture data, as against fixating on the most dramatic headlines about the places that happen to be in a state of drought (such as southern California, where I live), a different story emerges: …

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 …