Episodes
Alex interviews Michael Lynch, the renowned debunker of “peak oil,” to discuss Lynch’s new essay on “peak oil demand”—the idea that the post-pandemic world will mean “the end of oil.” https://eprinc.org/2021/02/the-pandemic-and-the-end-of-oil-the-pandemic-peak-oil-demand-and-the-oil-industry-by-michael-lynch-and-ivan-sandrea/ In this interview they cover: false past predictions of a green future, the real economics of EV batteries, what post-pandemic culture will look like, how much oil...
Published 02/18/21
Alex brings on Steve Milloy, a fellow green energy whistleblower and creator of JunkScience.com, to discuss the massive power outages in Texas and how they were brought about by “green energy” policies. They also discuss the failure of green energy around the world this winter. Near the end of the show Alex asks Steve about his remarkable success countering “ESG” efforts and his views on the recently-publicized “fossil fuels cause 1 in 5 deaths” claim.
Published 02/18/21
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein shares a recent interview of him by Heidi McKillop, a Candian filmmaker who went from an opponent of the Candian oil and gas industry to a champion of it. This is his first wide-ranging interview in many months. He shares new thoughts on the world of energy including how to think about our environment, how to stand up to the anti-fossil fuel movement, and the miracle of “machine labor.”
Published 02/11/21
Alex Epstein interviews Yaron Brook about the origins, rise, and unprecedented power of today’s anti-fossil fuel ESG movement in investing. They cover: - Larry Fink’s latest influential letter - The shareholder value theory of the purpose of a corporation - What’s wrong with the “stakeholder value” theory of the purpose of a corporation - How government coercion increases the power of the ESG movement - How the culture gives the ESG movement most of its power - What companies can do to...
Published 02/04/21
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Meredith Angwin, author of Shorting the Grid, on the precariousness of today’s electric grid. - Why the so-called competition of today’s electric grid is a myth. - The strengths and weaknesses of the old regulated monopoly system. - Why “deregulation” increased costs and regulation. - How today’s pseudo-competitive RTO (Regional Transmission Organization) works. - How today’s RTO system devalues reliability. - How New England’s inability...
Published 01/28/21
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Professor Pierre Desrochers of the University of Toronto, about the history of environmental catastrophism, including but not limited to climate catastrophism. Today we are told that our use of fossil fuels is causing a global environmental catastrophe, and that the solution is for government to dictate what kind of energy we should use, namely solar and wind. Both this prediction and this policy, we are told, are the conclusions of the...
Published 01/21/21
On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews energy/environment researcher Rupert Darwall, author of The Age of Global Warming and Green Tyranny, on why the corporate “net-zero” movement is unscientific and suicidal.  Here’s some of what they cover: - Where the net-zero-by-2050 and its accompanying 1.5 degrees C target came from. Hint: It’s not a scientific origin. - How even small steps toward “net-zero” are harming citizens and industry in the UK. - The UN Intergovernmental...
Published 01/14/21
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews one of his mentors, philosopher Onkar Ghate, on how the fossil fuel industry can fight for its freedom (far) more effectively by standing up for itself as a matter of justice. Some of the questions discussed include: - Why is it so powerful to fight on grounds of justice? - What should people in the fossil fuel industry consider unjust about the way they’re treated? - What kind of justice should the fossil fuel industry demand? - How should...
Published 01/07/21
On this week’s Power Hour I interview international energy economist Anas Alhajji about the future of energy and energy security.   We cover: - What factors affect energy security - How overreliance on electricity is a threat to energy security - The future of competition with the global oil industry using solar, wind, and batteries - The future of competition within the global oil industry, including US shale, OPEC, and Russia - The contradictions of the modern environmental movement
Published 12/30/20
Alex Epstein interviews Adam Anderson, author of a widely-circulated open letter to The North Face when the company refused to sell Anderson’s oilfield services company, Innovex, 400 jackets. They discuss: - How Adam got into the oil and gas industry - Why Adam wrote the letter - How Adam was influenced by The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels - The unexpected volume of feedback Adam has gotten - Why The North Face and other anti-hydrocarbon groups didn’t publicly respond - Why speaking up...
Published 12/23/20
On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein continues his discussion with physicist Adrian Bejan, of “constructal law” fame, to discuss the central ideas of Bejan’s book Freedom and Evolution.  They cover: - Professor Bejan’s broad-ranging conception of freedom, including change and movement. - How freedom of change and movement naturally leads to economies of scale for humans, for other life forms, and for the inanimate. - How freedom of change and movement and naturally leads to...
Published 12/17/20
On this week’s Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Adrian Bejan, a Duke Professor and Benjamin Franklin Medal recipient renowned for identifying “constructal law.” The topic is how physics, specifically thermodynamics, can help us better understand life, including our use of energy, our environmental impact, and the need for freedom. Topics covered include: - How Bejan escaped communism, immigrated to the US, and studied MIT. - How Bejan identified “constructal law.” - The universality of...
Published 12/09/20
On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein is joined by former Congressman Keith Rothfus, to talk about threats to energy freedom under the new administration--and how to fight back. Alex asks Congressman Rothfus: - What prompted you to run for Congress? - What did you do to promote energy freedom while in Congress? - What are the major attacks on energy freedom you expect from the Biden administration and its Congressional allies? - What advice do you have for pro-energy, pro-freedom elected...
Published 12/02/20
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...
Published 11/26/20
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...
Published 11/18/20
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...
Published 11/11/20
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...
Published 11/06/20
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...
Published 10/28/20
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...
Published 10/21/20
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...
Published 10/14/20
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.
Published 10/08/20
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...
Published 09/30/20
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...
Published 09/23/20
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...
Published 09/16/20
On a special bonus episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein interviews Patrick Moore, ecologist and cofounder of Greenpeace, on the realm causes of California’s wildfire disaster. Moore pins the blame squarely on “green” forest mismanagement. Topics covered include: – What are the top policy changes necessary to prevent dangerous, out of control wildfires (not the same as fires)? – How does private vs. government ownership of land affect the likelihood of dangerous fires? – What are the major...
Published 09/16/20