Environment

We have a choice to make: which comes first, the human environment or the non-human environment? So-called environmentalists often sacrifice the human environment to the non-human environment. True progressives judge all environmental issues in terms of the human environment.

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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Detect Pseudoscience: The Case of Bill McKibben and Catastrophic Global Warming

[audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/PH-BILL-MCKIBBEN-FINAL-AUDIO-copy1.mp3] Download “How to Detect Pseudoscience: The Case of Bill McKibben and Catastrophic Global Warming” 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 […]

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Power Hour: How to Think About Energy Issues Part 2

This week’s Power Hour is Part 2 of “How to Think About Energy Issues.” In this episode I cover questions about nuclear power, a controversial new oil extraction technique, and even the connection between energy and ObamaCare! Also, listen to the whole thing to hear new details about CIP’s flagship project, “The Industrial Encyclopedia.” [audio: […]

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Power Hour: 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 […]

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Power Hour: The War on Coal with Marlo Lewis

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. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Power-Hour-War-on-Coal.mp3] Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes Power Hour War on Coal

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Test: Does Hydraulic Fracturing Contaminate Water Aquifers?

Below are three graphs showing the distance between aquifers and induced hydraulic fractures. Two are scientifically derived field images from thousands of hydraulic fracture stimulations. One is a fictitious piece of propaganda put out by a media opportunist. Can you tell which is which?

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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 […]

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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. [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/PD-Externality-Fallacies.mp3] Download the Best of Power Hour–Debunking Externalities For more on […]

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