Hearts and minds

The next 4 years of energy policy

Last week I was interviewed on the Reason.com podcast by leading libertarian thinker Nick Gillespie. The subject was the new administration’s energy policy–and, more broadly, what the right energy policy is. The interview was supposed to last 20 minutes but it ended up lasting an hour. Nick asked great questions and we covered some ground […]

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Empowering the Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers

Last week, Professor Dan Hill of Texas A&M’s Petroleum Engineering program gave this presentation and a copy of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels to a group of approximately 150 incoming petroleum engineering students. Why distribute the book? As he said in the presentation: I want you to know the facts about the vital importance […]

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A new strategy for industry to win hearts and minds

Ever since I became passionate about fossil fuels 9 years ago, I have regarded the fossil fuel industry as a crucial potential ally in winning hearts and minds. I say “potential” because historically the industry has often done more harm than good for its cause—which is really the cause of everyone who care about human […]

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Opportunities to win the hearts and minds of students

A few weeks ago, in a note titled “Why I speak,” I told the story of the powerful impact the moral case for fossil fuels had on students in Missouri several weeks ago. Last week, I had a similar experience at Bethel University. Except this time, I made sure I recorded a couple of the […]

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Watch my latest debate!

Late last year I did a series of TV debates in Colorado where I took on a climate scientist and a 350.org leader, among other people. I’ve been excited about the release of this footage because I think I’ve gotten way better at debating since I wrote my book. You can see some of the […]

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Why I speak–an unforgettable day in Missouri

I did not expect one of the most rewarding speaking experiences of my career to occur at the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology, a school I had never heard of, in Rolla, MO, a city I had never heard of. But that’s exactly what happened this past Wednesday evening. But first, let me go […]

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“I Once Believed Fossil Fuels Were Killing Our Planet”

Recently, I (Alex) asked some friends and colleagues from outside the fossil fuel industry to take a look at some of the advertising campaigns of the fossil fuel industry. In particular, I was interested in what they thought of the effectiveness of one popular approach: just focusing on the positives of fossil fuels to people’s […]

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