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Alex Epstein’s Powerful Argument For More Fossil Fuel Energy

Alex Epstein, Keith Lockitch, Nikos Sotirakopoulos

Presented at: New Ideal Live

Date: Jun 01, 2022

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Keith Lockitch and Nikos Sotirakopoulos discuss Fossil Future, a powerful new book on energy and climate change written by former Ayn Rand Institute fellow Alex Epstein. The book argues that to achieve a better world, we need to expand our use of fossil fuel energy, not decrease it.

Among the topics covered:
  • Fossil Future in relation to other recent books challenging climate alarmism;
  • Epstein’s account of the widespread ignorance of the benefits of fossil fuels;
  • Epstein’s concept of a knowledge system by which expert knowledge is reached and disseminated (often inaccurately) to the public;
  • How problems in our knowledge system are caused by the acceptance of an “anti-impact” moral standard;
  • The human flourishing framework Epstein endorses as a positive alternative;
  • Objectivism’s influence on Epstein’s perspective on energy and climate;
  • The persuasive power of explicitly naming the moral ideas involved in a debate.

Mentioned in this podcast are Epstein’s book Fossil Future, Gregory Salmieri’s lecture How to Be an Objective Consumer of Science, Ayn Rand’s essay The Anatomy of Compromise from Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Lockitch’s review of Fossil Future, and other articles by Lockitch.


Parts: 1

Handout: none