In this issue:
- How Energy Innovation Works: an interview with Matt Ridley
- New Interview on Oil & Gas 360
- New Interview on The Situation Room
- The Return of Live Events
- A Thought on This Week’s News
- Tomorrow’s “Accelerator call”: an overview of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0
How Energy Innovation Works: an interview with Matt Ridley
On this week’s Power Hour I interview one of my favorite writers and thinkers, Matt Ridley, on energy innovation. Matt has just released a new book, How Innovation Works–And Why It Flourishes Under Freedom. Energy is a central focus of the book, just as it is a central focus of one of Matt’s previous books, The Rational Optimist. This was a particularly fun discussion that, in addition to covering a lot about energy and innovation, also covered many elements of what it means to be a humanist who loves nature and is fascinated by nature. Some topics we covered included:
- Why Ridley considers “the conversion of heat” to work to be perhaps the most important innovation.
- The true story of innovation in fracking and why the conventional narrative about it being a government-led innovation is false.
- Why there’s so little innovation in nuclear–and what to do about it.
- Why freedom is crucial to innovation.
New Interview on Oil & Gas 360
This morning the popular industry website Oil & Gas 360 released an hour-long interview with me. We covered a wide range of topics, including:
- How oil and gas companies should address ESG concerns
- Why I became interested in energy
- The urgent need to decriminalize nuclear
- Our increasing climate safety
- Why Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0 will emphasize the importance of the freedom to profit from energy production
New Interview on The Situation Room
I was also interviewed on The Situation Room with Evan Baehr. We discussed:
- How the climate catastrophist movement has responded to the oil crash and pandemic
- Why I believe the data has definitively discredited climate catastrophism
- Why Republicans need better energy and climate messaging
- Strategies for taking the moral high ground in the climate debate
The Return of Live Events
As different parts of the country open up live events are making a comeback.
As I will discuss in an upcoming article, I think this can be done extremely safely and responsibly so long as event-holders pay proper attention to ventilation.
Thus, I’m once again available to do live, in-person speaking engagements–as well as, of course, virtual speaking engagements.
Reply to this email with “Speaking” if you have an upcoming event you might want to book me for.
A Thought on This Week’s News
I posted this the other day on Twitter.
Tomorrow’s “Accelerator call”: an overview of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0
As I announced last week, this Thursday at 5:30 pm PST I’ll be hosting the first of what I hope to be many “Accelerator calls” to discuss strategy, share new insights, and answer questions. This one will be an overview of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0. I’ll be sharing a detailed outline of the book, explaining some of the major changes, and answering 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.
Here are some recent comments I’ve gotten from Accelerators
“I supported this because I believe access to energy to be the hallmark of civilization and I don’t believe there’s any other way than a combination of fossil fuels and nuclear, to supply the scale of what the world needs to be civilized!”
“I’ve been tracking you forever and love everything you’ve accomplished and are doing. I’ve been supporting you by buying copies of your book and training materials and talking your work up whenever possible; when your note about the conference call went by with the news that you planned to talk about The Book 2.0, I thought it would be great to listen in.”
“I very much appreciate your efforts to persuade people intellectually, with facts and honesty, of the value of fossil fuels. Liberating the energy industry is one of the most important issues of our time. I also believe that if more people can be shown how to think about this issue correctly, it will open up minds to think about other issues in the same way.”
To Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Energy,