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For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be?

The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives - their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. And the moral significance of cheap, reliable energy is woefully underrated. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental.

If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the overall impact of using fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place. We are morally obligated to use more fossil fuels for the sake of our economy and our environment.

©2014 Alexander J. Epstein (P)2015 Tantor

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"If you want to see the power of fine logic, fine writing, and fine research, read Epstein's book." (Patrick J. Michaels, director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute)

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Challenging the Status Quo

While Epstein doe a good job arguing for the potential benefits of continuing to use fossil fuels, his data is cherry picked and researching any of the "wrong modes" leads to evidence that is completely contradictory. I encourage readers/listeners to watch the debate he mentions in Chapter 9. When his ideas are contrasted with mainstream , the truth is more discernible.

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  • 03-30-17

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A new perspective on fossil fuels. As we enjoy a safe environment with clean water, easily available medicine, AC and so many other conveniences we fail to appreciate the role of abundant energy in all this. Making me think about so many in this world with less and having them at the center of my thinking has changed my mind about fossil fuel use. The author makes a great, factually supported case for a clean environment and fossil fuel use.

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Excellent

I listened to the whole thing in a day. I was skeptical about the position coming in, but now I have to say this is a very interesting side of the argument that I tend to agree with. listen and decide for yourself

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Important information for all

Alex Epstein delivers an excellent and important perspective backed by solid evidence. As someone in the petroleum industry, this kind of information is something that few really know. I only hope that this book will proliferate, and someday I won't have to hear the shrill and uninformed cries of environmentalists.

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Perfection!

It's everything you want in a book, intelligent yet not overwhelming, engaging bit not confrontational.

It's the book to give to friends on the left. Not to change what they think about this issue, but to change how they think about every issue!

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Alex Epstein

Is the man Trump should have appointed over the EPA. He could end all of the wasted money on campaigning Al Gore's global warming, if he ever ran for a political office, I wouldn't hesitate to vote for him! Very intelligent man.

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A different point of view

As a hardcore lib I'm always looking for ideas that challenge my own. I've never given much thought or tried to disprove my current beliefs towards climate change and this book has provided a new and well written perspective.

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Very well researched.

It is vital to the world at large that this message gets spread as far and wide as possible. our lives and more importantly, the lives of future generations depend on the knowledge presented in this book.

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Reasonable Voice Above the Political Noise

The moral case for fossil fuels made clear and very digestible. I will not only recommend it, I will buy it for friends and family. Must re-listen to and read again. Excited to join the cause.

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Logical and provoking

Great book that does an excellent job framing the arguments for and against fossil fuels.

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