Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.
Why "the armchair economist" is "not an environmentalist"
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews economist Steven Landsburg, professor of economics at The University of Rochester, about how economics can help us understand many realms--including today's "religion of environmentalism."
- How Landsburg's popular book The Armchair Economist came about.
- Why Landsburg regards "people respond to incentives" as the foundation of economics.
- How understanding incentives makes sense of seemingly counterintuitive outcomes, such as recycling programs leading to fewer trees.
- How understanding economics could have vastly improved vaccine distribution in the US.
- The science of ecology vs. the religion of ecology.
- How human beings ability to adapt to climate changes is largely ignored in today's discussions--and why economists don't speak up about it.
- How "environmentalists" treat their personal preferences as morally superior to others' preferences.
- Landsburg's economics-based approach to species extinction.
The Roots of the Green New Deal
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein discusses the policy platform known as the Green New Deal with Marc Morano, author of the new book "Green Fraud: Why The Green New Deal is Worse Than You Think."
They focus on the roots of the Green New Deal--Marc, its historical and political roots, Alex, it's philosophical roots--which both believe are key to successfully opposing it and advocating a positive alternative.
Some of the topics they cover are:
- How Marc became skeptical of the modern environmental movement.
- What UN climate conferences are really like--lavish parties, exotic locations, impressive carbon footprints.
- How Marc was once kicked out of a climate conference and literally thrown in the middle of the desert.
- Why Marc features EnergyTalkingPoints.com so prominently in his new book.
- What we can learn from the great economics teacher Walter Williams.
- Alex's views on the three levels of reframing the energy and climate conversation.
- Where the Green New Deal came from.
- How the Green New Deal is part of the current administration's plans.
- The wide-ranging, totalitarian scope of the Green New Deal.
- How Covid lockdowns are encouraging advocates of a totalitarian Green New Deal.
How Defunding Reliable Energy Caused the Texas Blackouts
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein joins philosopher Gregory Salmieri and statistician Carlos Carvalho to discuss what caused Texas electricity to be so unreliable when it was desperately needed during a recent winter storm.
In this wide-ranging discussion Alex emphasizes the point that by giving undeserved money and preferences to unreliable wind and solar electricity, Texas defunded the reliable and resilient electricity it needed.
Some specific topics include:
- How the grid needs to match supply and demand.
- What we know about what actually happened before the mass blackouts.
- How Texas policy gives preference to wind and solar.
- Why a “Red State” like Texas is so pro-wind.
- How Texas’s “Energy Only” market works.
- How Texas’s fundamental problems exist nationwide.
Fake Invisible Catastrophes--and why we fall for them--with Patrick Moore
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews ecologist Patrick Moore, cofounder of Greenpeace and author of "Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom."
In his book Moore thoroughly debunks 11 alleged current or imminent catastrophes, from mass species extinction to ocean "acidification" to the near death of the Great Barrier Reef.
In this interview Alex asks Moore about the false assumptions that drive our propensity to believe in "fake invisible catastrophes," including the assumption that human impact is inevitably destructive because it disrupts an alleged perfect, delicate balance of nature.
More debunks this "delicate balance" idea thoroughly with numerous examples, above all with CO2 levels--which, he argues, were on a natural and deadly downward trajectory toward mass plant death until human beings restored some of it to the atmosphere.
"Steps toward decriminalizing nuclear" with Robert Hargraves
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Robert Hargraves on the topic of how to decriminalize nuclear energy so it can provide low-cost, reliable, ultra-clean energy for billions of people.
Hargraves is cofounder of ThorCon and author of "Thorium: Energy Cheaper Than Coal."
They cover topics including:
- Why since the creation of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) over 45 years ago not one nuclear power plant has been designed and built to completion.
- Why the Linear no Threshold (LNT) approach guiding the NRC should be abolished.
- What ALARA is, and how it increases nuclear costs.
- Why South Korea builds nuclear plants at 1/3 US costs.
- Should the NRC exist at all?
The fallacious "Social Cost of Carbon" with David Kreutzer
The Biden Administration has just announced $51/ton "Social Cost of Carbon." On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews David Kreutzer, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, about the many methodological and moral problems with this metric, including:
- How the SCC overestimates negative climate impacts
- How the SCC underestimates positive climate impacts
- How the SCC underestimates adaptation
- How the SCC ignores the unique cost-effectiveness of fossil fuels
- How the SCC is radically changed by arbitrary decisions about its "discount rate"