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Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.

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Every week on Power Hour energy philosopher Alex Epstein breaks down today's top energy, environmental, and climate issues.

    Best of Power Hour: Greenpeace cofounder Dr. Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism

    Best of Power Hour: Greenpeace cofounder Dr. Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism

    In the “Best-Of” episode, originally titled “Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore eviscerates climate catastrophism,” Moore does just that by looking at rising CO2 levels from a scientific and pro-human perspective--not the pseudoscientific and anti-human perspective that dominates today.

    Topics include:

    - Why Moore left Greenpeace.

    - The beginnings of the climate catastrophe movement.

    - Why Moore believes human beings would not only survive but survive better at far higher average temperatures (which would be concentrated toward the poles).

    - Why Moore believes that contrary to being in a Sixth Extinction, we are actually at an unprecedented time of biodiversity with no end in sight.

    - Why Moore believes “ocean acidification” claims are totally meritless.

    - The commonality among opposition to plastics, GMOs, nuclear energy, and fossil fuels.

    - Moore’s unrefuted theory that human beings actually saved life on Earth from terminal decline in CO2 levels.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    “Where is My Flying Car?” with J. Storrs Hall

    “Where is My Flying Car?” with J. Storrs Hall

    On this week’s Power Hour Alex interviews futurist J. Storrs Hall, author of the mind-blowing book Where’s My Flying Car? which gives a brilliant analysis of what has held back many forms of progress, including flying cars, over the last half-century.

    Topics they cover include:


    What is the Great Stagnation?

    How did you become interested in analyzing the Great Stagnation?

    What is your basic explanation for The Great Stagnation?

    How does government funding of research promote stagnation?

    How does the “green” philosophy promote stagnation?

    What was the trajectory of nuclear energy before government started criminalizing it?

    What legal/regulatory reforms are necessary to decriminalize nuclear?

    What can we do to liberate human progress from its political and philosophical strangulation?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Fossil fuels in India: an insider’s perspective with Vijay Jayaraj

    Fossil fuels in India: an insider’s perspective with Vijay Jayaraj

    On this week’s Power Hour, I interview Vijay Jayaraj, an up and coming energy/environment researcher based in India.

    Vijay has experienced the reality of poverty, including energy poverty, firsthand--as well as India’s rapid rise from poverty using fossil fuels.

    Some topics we discussed included:


    Why Vijay decided to study energy and environmental issues professionally.

    Vijay’s experience at the University of East Anglia during the “Climategate” scandal.

    What life in the unempowered world is like for women.

    What sanitation is like in the unempowered world.

    Hunger challenges in the unempowered world.

    How international investment revolutionized India.

    How coal revolutionized India.

    How the less-developed world can tell its energy story.


    Toward the end of the episode we began what I hope is an ongoing discussion about how the unempowered/less-developed world can tell its energy story and advocate for its right to use more fossil fuels.

    Vijay mentioned at the end of the episode that he’s available to do research and write papers. If you’d like to reach him his email is konsultvijay@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Best of Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on Apocalypse Never

    Best of Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on Apocalypse Never

    On this week’s Power Hour, Alex shares some thoughts on the election and then features a “best of” interview with Michael Shellenberger, author of Apocalypse Never.

    Some highlights:
    * How Shellenberger went from being a renewables activists to championing nuclear.
    * Why Shellenberger decided to stand up against climate catastrophism after years of silence.
    * How modern environmentalism is a religion.
    * The real motives of most of modern environmentalism.
    * How environmental journalists misrepresent environmental science.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Boilermakers 154's Shawn Steffee on the Future of Fossil Fuels in Pennsylvania

    Boilermakers 154's Shawn Steffee on the Future of Fossil Fuels in Pennsylvania

    Recently, Shawn Steffee, an executive board member of Boilermakers 154 in Pennsylvania, was featured on a popular FoxNews segment in which he loudly and proudly advocated for fossil fuels.



    On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Steffee about the fossil fuel industry in Pennsylvania and what its challenges and opportunities are going forward.



    They cover:



    Why every other form of energy is made using fossil fuels

    How Steffee learned about the case for fossil fuels

    Why utilities should offer a real renewable energy option, where your power gets cut off when sunshine and wind are inadequate

    What happens “behind the scenes” when you turn your lights on

    Common-sense problems with using solar in regions with bad winters

    Why “smart” people can have so many dumb ideas about energy

    The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania

    The coal industry in Pennsylvania

    The myth of the perfect climate

    • 37 min
    A climate activist turned climate thinker

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Citifor10years ,

Challenged and undefeated

The perspective this show presents is unique. Alex always gives the steel man arguments for the other side so you’ll never feel like you can only fight the layman or poorly informed. This is a fantastic free contribution to the world (only surpassed by the Moral Case For Fossil Fuels book)

mgadl ,

Intelligent and informative

This is the best podcast available anywhere, anytime, for truly understanding the moral case for fossil fuels and energy issues in general.

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Smartest podcast about energy and the environment ever!

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