Mr. Epstein Went to Washington

I just got back to California last night after a packed week in our nation’s capital. Happily, it was by far the most impactful week I’ve ever spent in DC. The most exciting development during the trip is something I can’t talk about yet, unfortunately–and its outcome is uncertain–but there is a real chance I will help shape a new project that …

A thought for Thanksgiving

As often happens, I am writing this week’s newsletter from an airplane. An airplane is a good place to reflect on Thanksgiving because it is a magical form of abundance that is all too easy to take for granted. Everything on this plane would be magical to someone 200 years ago…the sanitation system, the refrigerated drinks, the electric light bulbs—heck, the clean water—let alone this 13-inch iPad with …

New video: Harvard fireside chat

A few weeks ago I was joined by my favorite energy economist, Michael Lynch, for a fireside chat hosted by Harvard Business School. It was a great discussion and the audience asked a lot of thoughtful questions. You can now view the video of that event here.

“The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” 3rd anniversary celebration

November 13 will mark the three year anniversary of the publication of The Moral Case forFossil Fuels. Since then the book has been read by tens of thousands of people, praised by many of today’s thought leaders, and become the go-to resource for industry leaders seeking to motivate their employees and change the hearts and minds of their friends, family, and colleagues. The most meaningful thing to me is that the book proved that it is possible to persuade many people typically …

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on the moral case for fossil fuels: “I happen to agree with that”

Last week I mentioned that Secretary of Energy Rick Perry heard me speak on “Winning Hearts and Minds” and that we had a good conversation afterwards. Apparently it made an impact. photo by shaunearlharris.photography At a press conference he gave following the event, Perry is quoted as saying: “I’m a big fan of fossil fuels. In fact there was a really interesting yesterday … at a luncheon where a fellow spoke about, Alex Epstein, spoke about the moral case for fossil fuels. Ihappen to agree with that. I think it’s really important. That said, I’m an …

Debate results from South Africa, speaking to Secretary Perry, and 6 speeches in 6 days

Yesterday morning I had my debate with Charlotte Aubin of Greenwish Partners on the topic of “Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case.” Here’s an excerpt from my opening: Consider the following moral situation. An area of the world with a billion people, mostly extremely poor, desperately needs to industrialize. But the wealthy parts of the world—who used cheap, plentiful, reliable energy from fossil fuels to industrialize—tells those 1 billion …