Environmental Enlightenment Tour 2013

The Cure for Green Dogma on Campus

This fall, philosopher Alex Epstein and physicist Eric Dennis of the Center for Industrial Progress will be changing the way students think about environmental issues in a new series of provocative speeches and debates. Capitalism and industrial development, not statism and “green” restrictions, they will explain in a new series of provocative lectures, are the key to making the planet a better place to live.


  1. Don’t Divest, Invest: Why Universities Should Be Proud to Invest in Fossil Fuels
  2. “Sustainability”: The Opposite of Progress
  3. Recycling is Garbage–Stop wasting your life sorting through trash
  4. Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet
  5. There’s No Such Thing as Renewable Energy
  6. How Nuclear Power Makes Us Safer
  7. Why “Green” Is a Four-Letter Word
  8. How to Think About Global Warming


We will debate anyone on any energy/environmental topic. Here are some past debates.


You can find more information about the Center for Industrial Progress at www.industrialprogress.com. To learn more about the Environmental Enlightenment Tour, or to bring a speaker to your campus, please write to adam@industrialprogress.net, or call 1-949-478-3670.

About Us

Alex Epstein, President and Founder, Center for Industrial Progress

Alex Epstein, energy expert and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, is one of the world’s most innovative champions of fossil fuels. Author of Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet, his writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily, and hundreds of other publications. He has spoken about the economic and environmental benefits of fossil fuels at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Duke, Rice, and UCLA. He has defended fossil fuel energy in debates against Greenpeace, 350.org, and the Sierra Club.

Eric Dennis, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Industrial Progress

Eric Dennis, Ph.D., Physics, studied at Caltech, Princeton, and UCSB. His graduate work involved the theory of quantum computers and simulating quantum systems. Transitioning to quantitative finance, he has built derivatives models on trading desks at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Swiss Reinsurance, where he pioneered a unified, state-of-the-art modeling framework for portfolio credit derivatives. He currently works in asset management at a major insurance company. His experience in finance, complemented by independent study of monetary economics, provides a unique combination of hands-on knowledge and theoretical insight to assess current macroeconomic issues. His interests include questions of central planning, free banking, the use and abuse of mathematical models, and the scientific fundamentals of energy.

Response to Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

I Love Fossil Fuels (ILFF) is a project of the Center for Industrial Progress aiming to foster a nationwide movement in support of fossil fuels and the fossil fuel industry. It was created by Alex Epstein to offer a positive alternative to the anti-fossil-fuel movement, including the divestment campaign. You can find out more about I Love Fossil Fuels and the divestment movement at http://industrialprogress.com/faq.