A Challenge to Bill McKibben — Update

Update on my challenge to Bill McKibben to debate me on the morality of fossil fuels after he wrote an article on catastrophic global warming concluding “this is, at bottom, a moral issue; we have met the enemy and they is Shell.” Here is the original challenge. @billmckibben Duke will host a debate between you+anyone and me+Dr.-Eric-Dennis on the morality …

A Challenge to Bill McKibben

A few days ago on Twitter, I invited Bill McKibben to choose any catastrophic global warming believer he wanted and debate me and Dr. Eric Dennis at Duke University on the topic of “the morality of fossil fuels.” We would pay him $10,000. @billmckibben Duke will host a debate between you+anyone and me+Dr.-Eric-Dennis on the morality of fossil fuels. You’ll …

Power Hour: Eric Dennis on How to Detect Pseudoscience – The Case of Bill McKibben and Catastrophic Global Warming

Download Episode 23 with Eric Dennis” Bill McKibben’s recent article, “The Terrifying New Math of Global Warming”, has caused a sensation on the Internet. Typical coverage is the Huffington Post’s awestruck “McKibben’s Climate Change Masterpiece Is Strictly by the Numbers”. My colleague, physicist Eric Dennis and I read the piece and we both judged it as incontrovertible pseudo-science, skewed from …

Power Hour: Alex Epstein on How to Think About Energy Issues (Part 1)

I am out of town for this week and next–way out of town, all the way in Turkey–so I’m going solo for two episodes, answering listener questions (submit on my Facebook page) with a focus on how to think about energy issues. This week’s episode is about 45 minutes, and focuses on thinking about the relationship between government and energy. …

Power Hour: Marlo Lewis on The War on Coal

On this week’s Power Hour, Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute breaks down the war against the world’s fastest growing source of energy: coal. Download Episode 17 with Marlo Lewis Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes

Power Hour: Pierre Desrochers on The Locavore’s Dilemma

On the latest edition of Power Hour, author and geographer Pierre Desrochers discusses his (amazing) new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma. Dr. Desrochers tells fascinating story after fascinating story about how global, industrial agriculture is essential to life, and how the “local,” anti-industrial food movement is a threat to it. Make sure to share this episode with your friends and Like …

Debunking “Externalities”

A popular characterization of laissez-faire capitalism is that it leads to unacceptable negative “externalities,” such as pollution by energy producers. On this installment of “The Best of Power Hour,” Pierre Desrochers and I debunk this idea from several angles: political, economic, and historical. Download the Best of Power Hour–Debunking Externalities For more on this issue, see my article “Energy Externality …