Upcoming speeches

I have a lot of speaking coming up in the next month and a half, including two international talks I’m looking forward to. 9/8: Frankfort, KY 9/14: San Antonio, TX 9/19: Duluth, MN 10/3: Peru* 10/11: Mankato, MN 10/21: Boston, MA 10/20: Los Angeles, CA 10/24: Cape Town, Africa* If you will not have the opportunity to see me live, …

Thinking about Hurricane Harvey

Earlier this year I spent three months living in Houston and came to know the city quite well. It’s heartbreaking to see how many are suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. I know that hundreds if not thousands of recipients of this newsletter are from Houston. I hope all of you are okay and wish you the speediest recovery possible. Predictably, …

Watch my Google Talk

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had spoken at Google on the moral case for fossil fuels. My talk just went up on their YouTube​ page! You can watch it here. If you watch it and like it I hope you click thumbs up and make a comment. It would be really cool to get this video to ascend the ranks of the Google Author talks. Thanks again to Dan …

Alex at Google

Recently Alex spoke at Google on the moral case for fossil fuels, part of the popular Google Talks series. The Q&A session that followed brought up interesting topics, including how to frame a conversation about energy, the role of experts, and the impact of energy policies on poverty.

Debating Fossil Fuels at Africa Oil Week

  October 23-27 is Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa, which brings together more than 1,250 leaders and thinkers from around the world to discuss issues related to the fossilfuel industry. I’ll be there championing cheap, plentiful, reliable energy in a debate with Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian of GreenWish Partners on October 24. I’ll also be the guest speaker at a luncheon on the 24th, featuring 40-50 VIPs. …

Teaching Google to love fossil fuels, exposing Al Gore’s Two Convenient Lies in “The National Post”

Last week I spoke about the moral case for fossil fuels as part of the popular Google Talks series. The talk seemed to be very effective. Every questioner said I had clarified their thinking by giving a human flourishing-based framework. For example, one questioner originally from China said, “I really agreed with your point and it’s something I never heard during my whole time living in China,” and asked about the prospects for promoting the moral case for fossil fuels there. The experience …