Harvard Rejects Divestment—President Faust Refuses to Make a Deal with the Devil

// Last November, Harvard University held a referendum, initiated by the anti-fossil fuel activists of gofossilfree.org, on the question of whether the school should symbolically divest its endowment of any investments in fossil fuel companies, on grounds that “it’s wrong to profit from wrecking the climate.” 72% of students voted ‘yes.’ Last week, President Drew Faust announced that Harvard would …

Obama Lied, People Thrived

Great news in the world of energy today: “US is Overtaking Russia As World’s Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer.” By now, everyone knows the cause: using technologies such as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and horizontal drilling, America’s oil and gas industry is producing life-giving oil and gas at levels few thought possible even 10 years ago. But there is another cause. Our incredible energy …

Power Hour: “Industry, Stand Up For Yourself”

This week’s Power Hour is a recording of the speech Alex Epstein recently gave at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Annual Meeting, titled “Industry, Stand Up For Yourself.” In it, he outlines what it takes for members of the oil and gas industry to become “Oil Champions,” and urges them to do so. Download Episode 68 – “Industry, Stand Up …

Power Hour: Amy Oliver Cooke on FERC Nominee Ron Binz

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Amy Oliver Cooke, Director of the Independence Institute’s Energy Policy Center, about Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz. If you’re not familiar with the FERC or Ron Binz, this is a must-listen. For more on Amy’s work, go to http://www.i2i.org/olivercooke.php. Download Episode 67 with Amy Oliver …

Power Hour: Dave Quast on Fracking in California

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviewed Dave Quast, California Director for Energy in Depth, about fracking in California. CIP highly recommends Energy In Depth as a source of information about energy. You can find Dave’s work there at http://energyindepth.org/california. Download Episode 66 with Dave Quast Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes

Power Hour: David Kreutzer on Fossil Fuel Policy

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. David Kreutzer about fossil fuel policy, the ideas that have inspired it, and their effects. Dr. Kreutzer is a Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change at the Heritage Foundation. You can learn more about him and his work at http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/k/david-kreutzer. Download Episode 65 with David Kreutzer Subscribe …

The Tesla Debate

Yesterday, Forbes published my new piece “With the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk Has Created a Nice Nice Fossil Fuel Car.” Several members of the Tesla forum disagreed emphatically, with a range of arguments ranging from technical (I allegedly neglected the issue of “energy efficiency”) to emotional (I am “another hater”). Overall, I thought that the responses were a microcosm of …

Power Hour: Andrew N. Kleit on Electricity Markets

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Andrew N. Kleit, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Penn State University, about electricity and electricity markets. Other topics include the impact of weather on energy markets and the effects of energy regulation. You can read more about Dr. Kleit and his work here. Download Episode 63 with …

Power Hour: Peter Grossman on U.S. Energy Policy

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talked with Dr. Peter Grossman, Professor of Economics at Butler University, about his latest book, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure. You can follow Dr. Grossman’s work at http://peterzgrossman.wordpress.com. Download Episode 62 with Peter Grossman Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes

Power Hour: Larry Bell on Big Picture Thinking

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Larry Bell, Professor of Space Architecture at the University of Houston and a regular contributor to Forbes.com, about big picture thinking about energy subsidies and about claims of catastrophic climate change. You can find Larry’s recent Forbes article about subsides here, and you can pick up his book, Climate of Corruption, …