Readings

Dear Big Oil: Stop Acting Like Big Tobacco

// [Reprinted from Alex Epstein’s latest post at the Master Resource blog.] The following is the beginning of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels: the Key to Winning Hearts and Minds”—my soon-to-be published manifesto on how fossil fuel companies can neutralize attackers, turn non-supporters into supporters, and supporters into champions. I’ve been been circulating it […]

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What Atlas Shrugged Can Teach Us About Climate Change

I’m in the middle of rereading my favorite book, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Every time I read the book, I am amazed by how much it illuminates today’s controversies, even though Atlas Shrugged is a) over 50 years old and b) a novel. Consider the following passage, where industrialist-philosopher Francisco d’Anconia remarks to steel magnate Hank […]

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The Story of DDT

Think for a moment about the last time you had a bad case of the flu: the headaches, the chills, the vomiting, the congestion, the depressed mood, the inability to function normally for days. But imagine it felt 10 times worse, and lasted for months or years, robbing you of anything resembling a truly human […]

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The Industrial Manifesto

By Alex Epstein [This essay was originally published in two parts as “Go Industrial, Not ‘Green,’” at MasterResource.]In the wake of two recessions following two fleeting, largely service-sector bubbles—the dot-com bubble and the housing/financial bubble—America’s intellectual and political leaders are championing the need for industrial progress.The ubiquitous Thomas L. Friedman takes on the subject of […]

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“Natural Resources and the Environment” by George Reisman

This is one of the best essays ever written on the true nature of resources. Dr. Reisman explains why it is possible and desirable for humans to produce an ever-greater quantity of resources. Here is one of my favorite excerpts. “The fact that the earth is made of chemical elements that man neither creates nor […]

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The CIP Approach to Energy in 4 Essays and 1 Interview

I have written a lot on energy, but these four essays are my favorites. Energy at the Speed of Thought: The Original Alternative Energy Market The 6 Myths About Oil Four Dirty Secrets about Clean Energy Nuclear Power Is Extremely Safe — That’s the Truth About What We Learned From Japan This interview on “Rational […]

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Ayn Rand on Environmental Issues

If you want to understand today’s “green” movement, there is no better resource than Ayn Rand’s farsighted analysis of the movement and its philosophy in the 1970s. The dinosaur and its fellow-creatures vanished from this earth long before there were any industrialists or any men . . . . But this did not end life […]

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