Power Hour: Dr. Amesh Adalja on the Threat of Infectious Diseases

On this episode I talk to Dr. Amesh Adalja, infectious disease specialist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, about the nature of infectious diseases, epidemics, and how to master these natural threats both on an individual level and on a societal level. Download Episode 133 with Amesh Adalja Subscribe to Power […]

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Senate Testimony on the Obama Administration’s Energy Policies

The energy industry is the industry that powers every other industry. To the extent energy is affordable, plentiful, and reliable, human beings thrive. To the extent energy is unaffordable, scarce, or unreliable, human beings suffer. And yet in this election year, the candidates, especially the Republican candidates, have barely discussed energy. Thus, I am grateful for the opportunity […]

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How Republicans Can Make Energy a Winning Issue in 2016

The 2016 elections will have an enormous impact the future of energy in this country and around the world. The Obama administration has set in motion a combination of executive orders and international agreements aiming to drastically restrict national and global use of fossil fuels–a policy I believe would be highly damaging to our economy and […]

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The Truth About Future Generations

Summary: There is no conflict between the present generation and future generations. The best way to benefit future generations is to benefit our present generation by guiltlessly producing and consuming resources. One of the least controversial ideas in our culture is “resource conservation”: the idea that we should prioritize conserving resources for future generations lest […]

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We’re Hiring

Executive summary: To achieve our goal of changing the national energy debate by the end of 2016 we are a) recruiting for new outreach talent to work with us full-time and b) building a volunteer Champions Network who are willing to work at least two hours a week between now and the end of the […]

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The Truth About Sustainability

Is our way of life sustainable? For the last several decades—actually centuries—despite a continuously improving quality of life, many of our thought leaders have said “No.” In fact, the most our prosperity has increased, the less sustainable they claim it is. One reason for the unsustainability claim is the supposedly massive damage our production and […]

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The Myth of Wind and Solar “Capacity”

Last week, our Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration released an announcement and a graph that appeared to show wind as the leading new source of electricity. “Wind, natural gas, and solar made up almost all new electric generation capacity in 2015, accounting for 41%, 30%, and 26% of total additions, respectively, according to preliminary […]

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Why Green Energy Means No Energy

Here are some basic facts about energy and human well-being. There are 7 billion people in the world who need cheap, plentiful, reliable energy to flourish. Some three billion have virtually no energy by our standards. Over a billion have no electricity whatsoever. In the history of energy technology, only three methods of energy have […]

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Why the World’s Greenest Bathroom is Also the Dirtiest

A few weeks ago, I drove down to San Diego to hike the Torrey Pines trail. While the trail was as scenic as advertised, there were two moments of unpleasantness. The first was the discovery that the bathrooms at the trailhead were closed and thus hikers would have to use porta-potties, with the lack of […]

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Will We Let the World’s Fastest Passenger Airplane Make it Off the Ground?

Because of governmental barriers to new development and industry, we have become used to living in a society where most of the exciting advancements are in microtechnology–computer chips, smart phones, etc–rather than in macrotechnology: new forms of nuclear power, mass-desalination of water, and, of course the ever-elusive flying car. But what about the flying plane? […]

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