In this issue:
- My next book
- Energy Talking Points Live for elected officials begins next week!
- Accelerator Call
- The Mind-Blowing Book “Where is My Flying Car?”
- Virtual Success
My next book
Announcement: Next year, instead of releasing a revised version of my book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, my publisher will be releasing a brand new book by me on the future of fossil fuels. Title and other details to be announced soon. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on for the past 2 years.
Energy Talking Points Live for elected officials begins next week!
I’ve been sending the following messages to elected officials in the House, Senate, and Governor’s offices:
Dear elected official,
I’m writing to invite you and your team to Energy Talking Points Live, a new briefing to give pro-energy elected officials messaging on demand for the important battles they are fighting.
The first session is next Monday at 12 ET and you can register here.
If you know of any elected officials who would be interested, please put them in contact with me. Thanks to those of you who have already done this; I’ve already made some great contacts this way.
Next Tuesday at 6:00 pm PT I’ll be hosting another “Accelerator call” to discuss strategy, share new insights, and answer questions.
On this one I’ll be sharing the latest on my next book. I’ll also share some behind the scenes info about EnergyTalkingPoints.com and answer any questions.
If you’re already an Accelerator, you’ll get an invitation.
If you’re not and want to come on the call, become an Accelerator at any level.
Note: For those who can’t attend I’ll make a recording of the call available for a week.
The Mind-Blowing Book “Where is My Flying Car?”
On this week’s Power Hour I interview futurist J. Storrs Hall, author of the mind-blowing book Where’s My Flying Car? Which gives a brilliant analysis of what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century.
Topics we cover include:
- What is the Great Stagnation?
- How did you become interested in analyzing the Great Stagnation?
- What is your basic explanation for The Great Stagnation?
- How does government funding of research promote stagnation?
- How does the “green” philosophy promote stagnation?
- What was the trajectory of nuclear energy before government started criminalizing it?
- What legal/regulatory reforms are necessary to decriminalize nuclear?
- What can we do to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation?
In a 7-day period I delivered 5 virtual presentations, including 3 all-new presentations.
- The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission on “Fossil Fuels and Our Improving Environment”
- The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
- The National Association of Chemical Distributors on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
- Energy Strong on “Speak Up” — watch it here
- The American Nuclear Society, “The Moral Case for Nuclear Power”
All the speeches had big crowds with a lot of positive feedback.
I was particularly gratified to get feedback on my nuclear talk–watched by 650 people–as I want to create a pro-energy movement that includes all kinds of cost-effective energy.
Here was my favorite note.
I just listened to your talk at the ANS winter meeting. I found it uniquely refreshing and encouraging…
One, ANS having you on in the first place was a sharp break from every other nuclear conference I’ve been to, ANS or otherwise, and I’ve been in nuclear for almost 19 years.
Usually, they hammer at labeling nuclear as the alternative to fossil, and the zero carbon emissions angle aligns them with wind and solar in a fight against fossil fuels and climate change.
Which leads me to point two. I’ve always been skeptical of “renewables” because I like to think of myself as a critical thinker, and as such, I can’t ignore the whole picture. This includes the cost, subsidies, power density, erratic supply, total “carbon footprint” of manufacture, and so on, which always points to wind and solar as supplemental at best and a total waste at worst.
I get a lot of push back when I highlight these shortcomings to my colleagues, especially when I point out how badly natural gas beats all other sources in nearly all aspects. Nuclear has always had more government regulatory involvement than any other power source, which has both stifled innovation and exponentially increased costs.
One of the joys of doing virtual speeches is that I can do more of them than in-person speeches and thus improve my thinking and explanations more quickly. In that connection I recently discussed how the evolution of my approach to explanation on my longtime colleague Don Watkins’s podcast, Liberty Unlocked.
Thanks for reading my newsletter this week. I’m very much looking forward to the Energy Talking Points briefing on Monday and my Accelerator call next Tuesday at 6:00 PT.
To Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Energy,