Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.
Best-of Power Hour: Power Hungry with Robert Bryce
On this Best-of Power Hour, Alex Epstein takes us back to the first ever episode of Power Hour, featuring energy expert Robert Bryce. Alex will be appearing on Robert’s Power Hungry podcast the week of August 2nd. Listen to this episode, then Robert’s podcast, to see how the two have evolved over the last decade.
Economist Saifedean Ammous on "fiat science," "fiat education," and "fiat fuels"
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews economist Dr. Saifedean Ammous, about how systematic government control--"fiat"--wreaks havoc in the realms, not just of currency, but of science, education, and energy.
- How government control in the realm of ideas is treated as benign but is in fact incredibly dangerous.
- The myth that leading universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are "private."
- What freedom of scientific inquiry looks like, and how it gave birth to the modern world.
- Why much of today's "modeling" would not exist in a free market.
- How the moral case for fossil fuels is taking hold in the Bitcoin community.
How to Bring About a Renaissance in Puerto Rico
Recorded in advance of Alex Epstein’s headline-making Congressional testimony about Puerto Rico, Alex Epstein interviews Yaron Brook, Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute and a Puerto Rico resident, about how to bring about a renaissance in Puerto Rico.
- Why he moved to Puerto Rico
- The parallels between Puerto Rico and Hong Kong
- How Puerto Rican policy punishes native Puerto Ricans
- Puerto Rico’s horrific electricity grid
- Cultural challenges in Puerto Rico
Toward the end of the episode, Brook discusses his new projects and Alex shares his formula for reframing the conversation in new fields.
Chris Wright, proud Oil & Gas CEO
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour:
On this week’s Power Hour I have a wide-ranging discussion with Chris Wright, the proud and outspoken CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services. I first met Chris when we tag-teamed in a debate against climate catastrophists back in late 2015.
He, like me, came to love fossil fuels despite not coming from that industry background at all (his background was working on fusion at MIT).
In the past month Chris has done two very cool things.
One is that he has responded to the ESG movement with a report entitled “Bettering Human Lives” that highlights the amazing benefits of the oil and gas industry, and encourages rational thinking about climate.
Chris has also been making a lot of noise with a new “Thank You, North Face” billboard and video campaign.
In our discussion Chris and I cover:
- Why he chose to be an entrepreneur
- The response to his revolutionary ESG report
- The response to his “Thank You, North Face” campaign
- His role working with Mitchell Energy to bring about the shale revolution
- What Chris’s activist successes can teach other energy CEOs
- Chris’s plans for future activism
- Our common motivations for focusing our careers on energy
- How we think about criticism
How "the experts" can be totally wrong about energy
From Alex Epstein:
An understandable reaction to my view that the world should be using more fossil fuels in the coming decades, not less, is "This is the exact opposite of what 'the experts' say. Almost every institution I trust says the expert consensus is that we need to rapidly eliminate fossil fuel use. How can you be right and they be wrong?"
On this week's Power Hour (coming out this Friday) drawing on some brand-new material from my forthcoming book Fossil Future, I tackle this question head-on, explaining three ways in which experts are often wrong.
When we hear claims that "the experts" are wrong, we usually associate it with the claim that most experts in a field are factually mistaken. While this certainly does happen, there are two far more common ways in which "the experts" can be wrong--both of which are at work on the issue of energy.
The factual conclusions of experts can be misrepresented by those who claim to speak for all experts.
And the factual conclusions of experts can be misevaluated by those who claim to speak for all experts.
In this episode I will show definitively that our knowledge system is wildly irrational in its method of moral evaluation when it comes to not only fossil fuels but also other cost-effective forms of energy.
Announcement: New Power Hour schedule
Power Hour will now be every two weeks. We've got some great guests coming up!
Very informative and inspiring.
His strong philosophical background combined with his knowledge of energy systems gives him great confidence to take on debates and other intellectual challenges.
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An important, interesting and informative podcast that everyone should listen to, especially those who have been scared by the “climate catastrophists”. Alex provides one great interview after the other that build on facts not fiction. I am not in the energy field, but Alex and his guests explains things that every layman can understand.
I highly recommend you increase your knowledge today by listening and subscribing to Power Hour.
I never thought I would be interested in topics about energy. Now I understand that all Americans should be interested in energy and the issues surrounding it. The way you approach energy makes sense and I urge all Americans to listen. Alex, you should run for Congress. You could save our country from the doom of the green new deal. Your voice is clear and concise!! Please run Alex!!