Yes, in My Backyard: Why Richmond Should Value Its Oil Refinery

[Originally published at MasterResource.] Imagine you live nearby a pharmaceutical factory. Decade after decade, it creates wealth and jobs in your area by producing life-saving products. Then, one day, there is a fire at the factory, damaging a component upon which half the output depends. The company puts out the fire soon as possible so that no nearby residents are …

Power Hour: Steffen Henne on McKibben Debate Breakdown Part 2 of 2

Happy new year! Part 2 of the McKibben debate breakdown is here just in time for 2013. A recap: Alex Epstein and resident researcher Steffen Henne take on Bill McKibben’s “evidence” presented from November’s debate on fossil fuels. Check out part 1 first if you haven’t already. The full debate can also be seen here. Points covered on this episode: …

Power Hour: Steffen Henne on McKibben Debate Breakdown Part 1 of 2

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein and resident researcher Steffen Henne take on all of the “evidence” Bill McKibben presents in his opening statement from November’s debate on fossil fuels. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the full debate here. Points covered on this episode: Connection between fossil fuels and human life Fossil fuels and …

Power Hour: Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein Debate and Commentary
Part 2 of 2

This week’s Power Hour will feature the last half of the Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein debate! If you missed the first half, make sure to listen to episode 34 first. Again, check it out if you missed the debate, or if you simply want to relive the drama! Includes: Information on the Progressive Energy Project; and Debate audio …

Power Hour: Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein Debate and Commentary
Part 1 of 2

This week’s Power Hour will feature audio from the Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein debate! Check it out if you missed the debate, or if you simply want to relive the drama. Get the inside scoop: Alex talks about his thoughts on the debate; and upcoming episodes of Power Hour [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Episode-34-Dr-Dino-Ress-vs-Alex-Epstein-Debate-and-Discussion-Part-1.mp3] Download Episode 34 – Part 1: Dr. …

Power Hour: The McKibben vs Epstein Debate and Commentary
Part 1 of 2

This week’s Power Hour will feature audio from the McKibben vs Epstein debate! Check it out if you missed the debate, or if you simply want to relive the drama. Get the inside scoop: Alex talks about his thoughts on the debate; and upcoming episodes of Power Hour [audio: http://industrialprogress.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Episode-32-McKibben-vs-Epstein-Debate-and-Discussion-Part-1.mp3] Download Episode 32 – Part 1: McKibben vs Epstein Debate …

The Freedom to Frac — and Its Enemies

This Washington Times article gives a helpful summary of today’s politics of frac’ing–which, unfortunately, are scary. Here we have a technology with an unbelievably good safety record and, more fundamentally, an unbelievably good record and future prospect of increasing our well-being across the board through the production of cheap, plentiful, reliable energy. And yet all this potential can be destroyed …

Don’t Take Power for Granted

by Elliot Temple Bill McKibben (whom CIP founder Alex Epstein just debated) isn’t a fan of power. McKibben says “we need to cut our fossil fuel use by a factor of twenty over the next few decades” (Eaarth, pp. 184-185). What does that mean? Fossil fuels are not the only kind of energy, but they are the most important kind. …

My Debate With Bill McKibben

Here is the rough-cut video of the event, which took place Monday at Duke University. Thanks to the Program on Values and Ethics in the Marketplace for hosting. Note that Bill McKibben is, right now, on tour promoting the destruction of the fossil fuel industry, the engine of our civilization. The battle has just begun. While McKibben has political correctness …