North Dakota Ingrates Want to Be Paid for Worthless Natural Gas

When I visited North Dakota recently, activists were starting to raise a stir over safety flaring–the practice of burning dangerous natural gas that comes out of the ground during oil drilling. Having studied the history of the oil industry extensively, I have a great appreciation for safety flaring; before it existed, many oil workers died from natural gas explosions. But …

Power Hour: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

On this episode of Power Hour, special guest host Don Watkins interviews Alex Epstein about his new fossil fuel communications manifesto, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels: The Key to Winning Hearts. Don is with the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author of the book Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government [audio: http://industrialprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Power-Hour-74.mp3] Download Episode 74 …

The Oil and Gas Industry is a “High-Tech” Industry

An interesting recent article in the Financial Post highlighted the fact that “Calgary’s high-tech sector hinges on the oil and gas industry.” The need for new and advanced technologies for oil and gas exploration, development, and production, the author explains, has made Calgary a “silicon valley of energy technology.” For example: One company . . . is Hifi Engineering, a …

Power Hour: Power Preview—4 New Talks to Industry

// This episode of Power Hour is a “Power Preview” of four talks Alex Epstein gave to industry audiences last week in Canada. Since the talks are not available publicly, Alex and CIP’s Adam Edmonsond recorded a preview with highlights of the key ideas. For the Movement subscribers and CIP Blog readers who have listened to the preview—this recording includes …

Access to Real Energy

I nearly experienced an oil disaster a few days ago—no, not an oil spill—rather, a disaster caused by my lack of oil. It was an experience that made me realize how much we take the widespread availability of oil, and other forms of fossil fuel energy, for granted. I was in backcountry Arkansas, part way through my cross-country road-trip to …

Power Preview: 4 New Talks to Industry

// This week Alex Epstein is in priligyhttp://pharmacy-online-24hour.com/meshashringi-online.html Calgary for some private consulting with energy companies, and for four speaking events: Today, Wednesday, Oct. 23, Alex is giving two talks, “Energy Heroes” and “How to Convert Fossil Fuel Opponents Into Fossil Fuel Supporters,” at the Gas Processing Association of Canada and Petroleum Joint Venture Association’s 20th Annual Joint Conference. Tomorrow, …

The Natural Disaster in Japan Highlights Green Energy’s Failure to Live Up to Claims

A popular myth propagated in today’s culture is that so called “green energies” or “renewables” are viable alternatives to fossil fuels. There is little evidence to support this claim; however, adherents to this creed continue to push for restrictions and bans on today’s leading energy sources and demand ever-greater subsidies for “renewables.” The energy system which currently sustains the 7.1 …

The Environmentalist Cop-out: “The Fossil Fuel Industry Made Me Do It”

Last week, I commented on a noteworthy piece of Harvard President Drew Faust’s reasoning, from her statement rejecting the demands of Harvard’s fossil fuel divestment movement, about the hypocrisy of condemning fossil fuel companies while embracing and relying on their products. She wrote: Given our pervasive dependence on these companies for the energy to heat and light our buildings, to …

Real Alternative Energy

“Alternative energy” conjures up the idea of a superior alternative but in practice is used to promote inferior alternatives–namely, solar, wind, and biofuels. At this point in technological and economic history, those are “alternatives” to coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydro in the way that wood is an “alternative” to steel and cups attached to strings are “alternatives” to iPhones. Advocates of …