Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on the moral case for fossil fuels: “I happen to agree with that”

Last week I mentioned that Secretary of Energy Rick Perry heard me speak on “Winning Hearts and Minds” and that we had a good conversation afterwards. Apparently it made an impact.

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At a press conference he gave following the event, Perry is quoted as saying:

“I’m a big fan of fossil fuels. In fact there was a really interesting yesterday … at a luncheon where a fellow spoke about, Alex Epstein, spoke about the moral case for fossil fuels. I happen to agree with that. I think it’s really important. That said, I’m an ‘all the above’ guy.”

(The quote comes from an article critical of Perry and me, and includes a link to Jody Freeman’s critical “review” of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. You can find my response to her article here.)


Two public events

If you’re interested in seeing me speak live, I have two events open to the public coming up soon.

On November 14, I’ll be hosting a half-day workshop at PESA, the national trade association for the oilfield service, supply, and manufacturing sectors. I will teach participants how to navigate messaging challenges and help companies use my moral framework to neutralize fossil fuel attackers, turn non-supporters into supporters, and turn supporters into champions.

The event will be held at OneSubsea, a Schlumberger Company, and is open to both PESA members and non-members. Early-bird pricing – $115 for members and $135 for non-members – ends today. You can register here.

On November 15, I’ll be speaking on the moral case for fossil fuels at the GPARMC regional conference in Denver, CO. If you would like to attend, the event organizer has kindly agreed to offer reduced pricing: just email and tell him that you are coming as my guest. The cost is $150 for the full event and $50 for only my speech and the lunch.

You can find out more about the conference here. The deadline to register is 11/10.

If you would like to host a similar event, or have me speak at another kind of event, fill out our contact form and put “Event” in the message box.


How to become more persuasive

Most discussions of fossil fuels involve fossil fuel opponents “arguing to 100” by championing “clean, green energy” to replace the “dirty” energy supplied by fossil fuels—and fossil fuel defenders “arguing to 0” by saying that fossil fuels aren’t as bad as people think and solar and wind aren’t as good as people say.

In my Africa Oil Week debate, I was able to reframe the discussion and present fossil fuels as the best energy for human beings—especially the poorest human beings who desperately need affordable, reliable energy.

If you want to learn how to reframe debates over energy effectively, the best step you can take is to sign up for my Energy Champion program. I’ll give you all of the knowledge you need to make the moral case for fossil fuels—including my step-by-step formula for discussing energy issues in a persuasive, constructive way.

You can learn more here.

And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. I’m eager for you to check it out.

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