In this issue:
- Some recent media on the Texas blackouts
- A tale of two places
- Refuting the “Texas needs Federal regulation” claim
- Impressive guest on this week’s Power Hour
- Changing the narrative about the Texas blackouts
Some recent media on the Texas blackouts
- Ben Shapiro shared some of my viral Twitter thread plus one of my graphs on his wildly popular podcast.
- Ben Shapiro also interviewed me for his “second show”–you can watch the video here.
- The video of my interview on Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s podcast is now available here.
- I responded to a smear-piece about me by The Intercept in a new video They straw-man me because they can’t refute me.
- NTD Evening News did a truly excellent summary of my views here.
A tale of two places
To expose the idiocy of the idea that there’s something inherent in fossil fuels that couldn’t handle the cold temperatures in Texas, I recently compiled some facts and data about Alberta, which had to deal with far colder temperatures than Texas.
Read the whole explanation here.
Refuting the “Texas needs Federal regulation” claim
One of the major media talking points is that Texas’s problems are caused by a lack of Federal regulation–and that the solution is for Texas electricity to be (even more) Federally regulated.
Read the whole explanation here.
Impressive guest on this week’s Power Hour
The topic of this week’s Power Hour is “Our Dangerous Material Dependence on China.”
While I hope all my Power Hour guests are impressive, I think this week’s guest, Maxwell Goldberg, is particularly impressive because he graduated from college just two years ago.
Max is a young entrepreneur and industrial analyst who has written extensively on the topic of “where stuff comes from.” I met him several months ago and was shocked at how much he knew about materials as well as how passionate he was about energy and freedom.
I learned a ton interviewing him this week and I think many of you will, as well.
Changing the narrative about the Texas blackouts
I hope that life for my readers in Texas is getting back to close-to-normal.
I have found the public discussion of the blackouts a combination of disheartening and heartening.
The disheartening part is that even with my low view of our mainstream media I would not have expected that the anti-fossil fuel movement would attempt to portray the solution to the TX blackouts as more wind and solar.
The heartening part is that my energy ideas in general, and my ideas about this crisis, in particular, are rapidly growing in influence.
Since I’m a week away from delivering a book manuscript I haven’t done any systematic compilation of my influence on this issue, but some trends I am noticing are:
- More and more people using the term “human flourishing.”
- More and more people calling solar and wind “unreliables.”
- More people, inside and outside of the energy industry, confidently championing fossil fuels.
(One example of all three is this excellent panel by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.)
Many of the challenges to the mainstream are explicitly citing me, and many more seem to be influenced by what I’ve written.
I have found Twitter a very efficient means of influencing this issue, as it is an excellent medium for communicating the essential messages of a situation, as well as reaching a ton of influential people.
Finally, I am heartened that all of this influence on this particular issue is occurring as I’m spending most of my time editing a book. Thanks as always to our Accelerators for making this possible.
To Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Energy,