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Alex at Google

Recently Alex spoke at Google on the moral case for fossil fuels, part of the popular Google Talks series. The Q&A session that followed brought up interesting topics, including how to frame a conversation about energy, the role of experts, and the impact of energy policies on poverty.

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Power Hour: Dr. Edward Calabrese on the Science of Environmental Danger

On this episode, Alex interviews Dr. Edward Calabrese, professor of toxicology at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, about the linear no-threshold dose-response model, which regulatory agencies use to set pollution standards, and his findings about a more realistic “hormetic” response model […]

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The Truth About Future Generations

Summary: There is no conflict between the present generation and future generations. The best way to benefit future generations is to benefit our present generation by guiltlessly producing and consuming resources. One of the least controversial ideas in our culture is “resource conservation”: the idea that we should prioritize conserving resources for future generations lest […]

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The Myth of Wind and Solar “Capacity”

Last week, our Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration released an announcement and a graph that appeared to show wind as the leading new source of electricity. “Wind, natural gas, and solar made up almost all new electric generation capacity in 2015, accounting for 41%, 30%, and 26% of total additions, respectively, according to preliminary […]

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Why Green Energy Means No Energy

Here are some basic facts about energy and human well-being. There are 7 billion people in the world who need cheap, plentiful, reliable energy to flourish. Some three billion have virtually no energy by our standards. Over a billion have no electricity whatsoever. In the history of energy technology, only three methods of energy have […]

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Why the World’s Greenest Bathroom is Also the Dirtiest

A few weeks ago, I drove down to San Diego to hike the Torrey Pines trail. While the trail was as scenic as advertised, there were two moments of unpleasantness. The first was the discovery that the bathrooms at the trailhead were closed and thus hikers would have to use porta-potties, with the lack of […]

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Fossil Fuels Make the Planet More Productive

We are often taught that nature provides us with what we need to survive, and that our responsibility is to use this bounty in a “sustainable” way. But the truth is that nature doesn’t give us the wealth we need to survive: we have to create it—and, thanks in large part to the fossil fuel […]

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Power Hour: Michael Lynch on Recent Oil Prices

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Mike Lynch, President of Strategic Energy & Economic Research, about the recent decline in oil prices. Download Episode 128 with Michael Lynch Subscribe to Power Hour on iTunes Subscribe to Power Hour on PlayerFM Stay updated. Join the discussion. Tell us what you think on our […]

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Power Hour: Sherry Orton on Obama’s Clean Power Plan

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Sherry Orton, Senior analyst at Doyle Trading Consultants, who recently published the report called Clean Power Plan – Surviving a Regulatory Game Changer, about the regulatory pressure the U.S. coal industry faces right now and the challenges of replacing a declining coal-fired generation capacity. Download Episode […]

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