New Rigzone piece on bias in the energy industry

In this issue:

  • New Rigzone piece on bias in the energy industry
  • The Best of Power Hour

New Rigzone piece on bias in the energy industry

Rigzone recently published an article by Valerie Jones on how bias against fossil fuels “leaves the door open for misinformation, something the industry simply can’t afford as it continues to try to attract the younger generations to the workforce.”

The article quotes me extensively and includes my solution to this problem:

“When telling its story to the media, Epstein said by framing the discussion beforehand, the oil industry will do better in making people receptive to the balance of facts.

“Rather than the industry saying it’s trying to minimize negative impact, it should say it wants to allow people to flourish. Stating that as the goal and envisioning working in the industry as a way to accomplish that goal is more effective, said Epstein.

“‘Energy progress needs a guiding principle and that should be every human flourishing.’”

You can read the whole thing here.

The Best of Power Hour

It’s been more than a year since the last episode of my podcast Power Hour, and since many of you are new to this list I wanted to encourage you to check out our past episodes. (And if you want new episodes of Power Hour, let me know: I may revive it at some point.)

Here are four of my favorite episodes:

Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair - In this episode, I interview Robert Zubrin, author of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, a fascinating history of the theory and practice of what Zubrin calls “anti-humanism”–the belief that “human beings are pathogens whose activities need to be suppressed in order to protect a fixed ecological order with interests that stand above those of humanity.”

Patrick Moore on A Rational Approach to Ecology - In this episode, I talk to Patrick Moore, ecologist and a co-founder (and defector) of Greenpeace about how the science of ecology has been corrupted over the decades, and how it can be fixed.

Kirk Sorensen on Thorium - In this episode, I talk to Kirk Sorensen, Chief Technologist at Energy From Thorium, on the subject of nuclear power from Thorium. Kirk is a leading advocate of Thorium, an incredibly potent source of energy.

Judith Curry on Climate Science - In this episode, climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry, Professor and former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and proprietor of the blog Climate Etc., joined me to discuss how she went from being a mainstream climate scientist to one of the most controversial figures in the field–and what her experience tells us about the state of the climate science profession today. We also discussed the attempt to use anti-mafia laws to prosecute “climate deniers.”

You can find more episodes of Power Hour on our blog or on iTunes.