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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.

    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
    Q&A for The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann

    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

    Electric cars

    Does Alex have a favorite fossil fuel?

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Speech That Was Supposed to Be a Debate With Michael Mann

    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.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Rigged Against Reliables: How Electricity Pseudo-Markets Punish Reliability and Drive Up Costs

    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.

    • 1 hr
    How to Think About Consensus

    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

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

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.

AokiGolf ,

Smart

Smartest podcast about energy and the environment ever!

AlistenerA ,

Fantastic information

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!

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