Posts by Elliot Temple

In Defense of Plastic Bags

I recently had a confusing experience. At the checkout at CVS, I was asked if I wanted to buy any bags. “No,” I said. I didn’t understand why they were trying to sell me bags. It turns out they meant grocery bags. Now they have paper bags for 10¢ instead of plastic bags for free. […]

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Don’t Take Power for Granted

Bill McKibben (whom CIP founder Alex Epstein just debated) isn’t a fan of power. McKibben says “we need to cut our fossil fuel use by a factor of twenty over the next few decades” (Eaarth, pp. 184-185). What does that mean? Fossil fuels are not the only kind of energy, but they are the most […]

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