Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.
Best-of Power Hour: The Future of Oil With Michael Lynch
From Alex Epstein, host of Power Hour:
This week's Power Hour is a best-of episode, featuring a now prophetic interview with energy economist Michael Lynch.
In February of this year, there were many prominent claims that post-pandemic demand for oil would quickly decline and fade.
I thought these claims were based on farcical reasoning, and to counter them I invited one of my favorite energy economists, Michael Lynch, to challenge the idea of "peak oil demand."
Early in the podcast he said:
"In the past couple of years, people have started talking about peak oil demand. And the pandemic has increased the idea that it’s imminent or even passed. You’ve had a few companies like BP and Shell that have scenarios that show a near-term peak in oil demand. And it’s kind of the flavor of the day.
“And the problem is, most of the talk is very superficial."
I think you'll find it valuable to hear Lynch's and my arguments against popular predictions about energy, as we have since been vindicated.
Toby Rice, the CEO of America's largest natural gas producer, on America's strangled natural gas potential
On this week's Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Toby Rice, the CEO of EQT, America's largest natural gas producer, about the causes of and solutions to the world's natural gas crisis.
The takeaway: The US could alleviate most of this crisis--if not for anti-gas-infrastructure policies.
"We really want to be a solution here," says Rice. "Unfortunately, we're just out of infrastructure. And so we have the biggest gas resource in the world here in Appalachia, and EQT could do so much more, but without the infrastructure, there's not much we can do..."
Rice says what is needed to unleash natural gas's potential is liberating infrastructure development: "we're not asking for the checkbook to help us become more successful." "All we're saying that we need to unleash US shale is pipeline infrastructure and LNG facilities."
The Pseudoscientific Smearing of Steve Koonin
On April 27th, physicist Steve Koonin, who worked in the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy, published a challenge to climate catastrophism called “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, what It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.”
While the climate catastrophe movement usually ignores criticisms, Koonin’s scientific standing, plus the fact that the book became a major bestseller, made this harder to do. Unfortunately, climate catastrophists have still tried their best to ignore Koonin’s arguments, and when they have engaged him it is through scientific smearing—such as an attack in Scientific American that consisted largely of ad hominems and attacking summaries of his book by a Washington Post columnist.
On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Steve Koonin joins Alex Epstein to discuss not only the smears but much of what has been happening in the climate conversation over the last 5 months, including:
- The recent IPCC report—including the curious absence of key graphs, the use of "attribution studies," and the methodology used to make climate models "hotter" even though they have typically over predicted warming in the past.
- The media’s exaggerated portrayal of the recent IPCC report.
- The positive reaction to Koonin’s book.
- What scientists have told Koonin behind the scenes.
- Koonin’s upcoming debates.
Best-of Power Hour: Steve Koonin
This week’s “Best-of Power Hour” features Alex Epstein’s interview with physicist Steve Koonin, author of the blockbuster book Unsettled, with a new introduction in anticipation of their forthcoming interview on the next episode of Power Hour.
How to create concise, retainable energy messaging
On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein shares what he's learned over the 18 months working with elected officials on how to create concise, retainable messaging, including:
- How to link concise, retainable messages together.
- What are the most important topics to cover?
- The 8 types of messaging he uses most.
- How to join Epstein's Energy Champions group.
Alaska's Governor Mike Dunleavy stands up for Alaska's right to develop
On this week's Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Mike Dunleavy, the outspoken governor of Alaska, about his state's fight to develop fossil fuels and other valuable resources.
They cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Alaska's virtually limitless potential for resource development
- How Alaska gets (mis)treated as a place where no development should occur
- How natives of Alaska benefit tremendously from resource development and are harmed by opposition to development
- How the campaign against drilling in "the Arctic" harms Alaska and plays into the hands of Russia
- How the rest of the country can help Alaska fight back
This podcast is wonderful because it’s always open to discussion based in tangible data, and that’s what science is supposed to be and do; unfortunately we live in a society that is getting manipulated by few powerful political forces that are shifting humanity back into the dark ages. Thank you Alex for your incredible work.
He chooses fantastic guests who have an enormous amount of knowledge in their field of study. While PH focuses on energy, you get a lot of great discussion on topics that are energy adjacent providing an even deeper understanding of the Economics and politics of the energy and anti-energy industries. This is one of the few podcasts I don’t miss.
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.