Keynotes, debates, and workshops with Alex Epstein


Philosopher and persuasion expert Alex Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Through his keynotes, debates, and workshops, he can help your organization think more clearly, be more persuasive, and be more motivated.

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Here are some of the presentations Alex delivers.


  • Human Flourishing and Energy Progress
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
  • Our Fossil Future: Why Fossil Fuels Will Continue to Outcompete Solar, Wind, and EVs
  • What Exactly is “Social Responsibility Investing”? A Human Flourishing Approach
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Investment
  • How Moral Biases Cause Bad Investments
  • Understanding the ESG Threat
  • The Moral Case for Nuclear Power
  • The Moral Case for GMO
  • The Moral Case for Chemicals


  • “Arguing to 100”: How to reframe the debate instead of reacting to the debate
  • How to Win Hearts and Minds
  • How to Talk to Anyone About Energy
  • Asymmetric strategy: How to persuade more people with fewer resources
  • Constructive Conversations Workshop
  • Asymmetric Strategy Workshop


  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
  • Energy Heroes
  • The Oil Industry's Millennial Problem—And How to Solve it

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About Alex Epstein


Alex Epstein is a philosopher and keynote speaker who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

Alex has made his moral case for fossil fuels at dozens of campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Duke (his alma mater). He has also spoken to employees and leaders at dozens of Fortune 500 energy companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Phillips 66, Valero, Enbridge, and TransCanada.

Alex, known for his willingness to debate anyone, anytime, has publicly debated leading environmentalist organizations such Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and over the morality of fossil fuel use.

In his speeches and consulting work he helps companies take his pro-human messaging and use it to neutralize attackers, turn non-supporters into supporters, and turn supporters into champions. One of his major goals is to teach millions of employees in the fossil fuel industry to understand the value of what they do and how to communicate it.

Past Appearances

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels – Talks at Google

Human Flourishing and Energy Progress - Energy Disruptors

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels – Idea City

Alex Epstein’s Senate Testimony

Harvard Business School Fireside Chat

Alex Epstein vs. Columbian Green Party Senator Claudia Lopez

Alex Epstein debates fossil fuels and climate on The Aaron Harber Show

Alex Epstein debates's Bill McKibben

You can find more media clips here.

What Others Are Saying

“Life-changing. Alex is one of my favorite speakers–loved watching him destroy the senate committee.” –Ariana

“I’ve been in the oil & gas industry for 30+ years (I have a petroleum engineering background) and have been to many, many industry conferences and have never heard a talk like the one I heard from you last week at SMU. Great job….please keep up the good work.” –Charlie

“Alex, When I first heard about this event I was highly skeptical. I came into the event with the assumption that you represent the ideas of big industry and why the fracing industry as a whole can never do any wrong. I can say now that I was wonderfully surprised by how insightful and well-made your points were. You are extremely articulate and presented your points with grace and intelligence. I would absolutely recommend anyone interested in the ideas of fracing and the energy industry as whole to attend one of your talks. Your point on how low energy costs helped spur marvelous innovations for humanity was an exciting way to look at the environmental debate. The deep Q&A was very good at denouncing the stereotypes of pro-fracing individuals being anti-progress.” –Steve

“Thank you, Alex, for the time you invested speaking at my company. I’ve worked in the energy sector for over 5 years, but it wasn’t until I was presented with The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, paired with your talks and newsletters, that I began to understand that I had been fed many lies over the years about the industry. The fact-based truth you presented allows me to discuss the energy sector more confidently and effectively.” –Shauna

“Your talk completely changed my perception of fossil fuels, and I was already on your side! The way you approach the issue is a game changer. You frame the issue in such a human way. You personalize it, show how it impacts people. I haven’t heard anyone talk about energy policy like this, unless it’s in terms of creating jobs.” –Josh

“Thank you Alex for being the voice of reason and for being the exceedingly eloquent and genuine speaker that you are. Your logic is very captivating and I hope it catches on.” –Sabine

“Your speech at the event was greatly appreciated. In fact, most people were in shock because we (as an industry) are not accustomed to having supporters outside of our industry. It’s a refreshing change and a powerful message.” –Carol

“I’ve seen Mr. Epstein deliver speeches on several occasions. They are exactly what you want from a couple of hours dedicated to the intellectual. They are thought provoking and at the same time easily accessible. They are well researched without being esoteric. It’s clear from the first sentence that he knows what he’s talking about, that he is passionate about it and that he wants, more than anything, to help you understand why it’s so important.” –Kyle

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