Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.
A climate activist turned climate thinker
Alex Epstein interviews Joakim Book, an up-and-coming economic and environmental commentator.These days Book is writing articles challenging climate catastrophism and explaining the value of abundant energy use.But he used to be a climate activist who thought he was saving the planet from the evil of fossil fuels.Epstein and Book cover:
Book’s time as a climate activist.
Why Book and others never questioned the rightness of opposing fossil fuels.
How economic thinking changed Book’s perspective.
How Book was influenced by The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
What lessons we can learn about persuasion from Book’s experience.
Q&A for The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann
This week’s Power Hour features the wide-ranging Q&A from a recent speech Alex Epstein gave at Lafayette College--a speech that was supposed to be a debate with Michael Mann.
Some of the many topics covered include:
Does the moral case for fossil fuels uncritically assume that progress is good?
Do people really choose fossil fuel energy?
Can the dominance of fossil fuels be explained by a lack of research into other sources of energy production?
Climate-related damages beyond climate-related deaths.
Energy poverty in the US
The value of fossil fuel-based materials
The “abuse-use fallacy”
Why the anti-fossil fuel movement is anti-nuclear.
The “delicate nurturer” vs. “wild potential” view of Earth
What we can learn from hunter-gatherers
The psychological motivation for being anti-human
Does Alex have a favorite fossil fuel?
The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann
This week's Power Hour features a recent speech Alex Epstein gave at Lafayette College that was supposed to be a debate with Michael Mann. Learn why Mann pulled out of the debate and hear the latest version of the moral case for fossil fuels.
Rigged Against Reliables: How Electricity Pseudo-Markets Punish Reliability and Drive Up Costs
It’s common for us to hear that solar, wind are cheaper than coal or gas. Specifically we’ll hear that solar and wind are “bidding” at lower prices than goal or gas. All of this sounds very competitive, like they’re winning on the merits on a free market.
And yet at the same time, something is clearly very wrong. Electricity costs tend to go up the more “cheaper” solar and wind you add. Intuitively we know that it’s wrong to not factor in reliability when you’re comparing prices.
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Tom Stacy, an electricity consultant who explains how electricity markets are “rigged against reliables”--and what we need to do to make them fair and beneficial.
How to Think About Consensus
A couple months ago, a young researcher named Emily Harari reached out to me about my views about the scientific consensus on climate change. She raised some interesting questions I hadn’t commented publicly on, so I agreed to do the interview if we could share it with my listeners.
This week’s Power Hour features that interview.
Some of the topics we cover are:
- The legitimate and illegitimate view of consensus
- How to learn the actual state of consensus
- The National Climate Assessment
- How consensus statements often misrepresent the state of consensus
- The role of the media in distorting science
- How transparent should consensus discussions be
- The obligation of scientists to stand up to false consensus statements
The California Wildfires: A Historical Perspective with Chuck DeVore
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Chuck DeVore, a Vice President at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and former California state assemblyman on the California wildfires. DeVore has extensively studied the history of fires in California, and gives a fascinating historical perspective that points the right path forward.
Questions covered include:
– What is California’s climate like historically in terms of being prone to fire?
– How were forests and fires dealt with by natives prior to the Gold Rush?
– How were forests and fires dealt with subsequent to the Gold Rush?
– What policies have been most responsible for making us Californians vulnerable to dangerous fires?
– How have logging policies affected vulnerability to dangerous fires?
– How have air quality policies affected vulnerability to dangerous fires?
– What are the most important policies to fix the situation?
– How can we as citizens get involved?
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This podcast has fantastic guests and a ton of great statistics and information that gives you a perspective that many of us seek, yet have a hard time finding. It also gives you resources to find more of that information on your own if you choose to do so. Only constructive criticism I have would be to work on the audio, it’s not as crisp or clear as many other podcasts and I find myself having to crank up the volume dial significantly to hear clearly. Small price to pay for the quality of the information I’ve received!