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The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Narrated by: Alex Epstein
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
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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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One of the most paradigm-shifting books I’ve read in years

Imagine it takes 2000 calories a day to live. Imagine 1600 calories come from 1 vitamin and there is no substitute.

The Green Movement wants to eliminate that vitamin and force us to live on 400 calories a day!

Those who support human flourishing and who see fossil fuels as a major component to sustaining life should be the true alarmists sounding the alarm against all who want to keep millions of people suffering.

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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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Recommended to all

This is a good book for everyone to read. It not only has many facts you should know but it affectively defends the use of fossil fuels. The book falls short primarily because it is now five years old. Mr. Epstein brushes off the fact, although briefly mentioned, that we have had a pause in global temperature for 20 years. I think he has done that because he didn't want to confuse the reader or alienate people who insist that global warming is a climate crisis. I think today that Mr. Epstein realizes that we are now in the Eddy Grand Solar Minimum and the trend will go from temperature pause to temperature drop will become evident in the near future as Solar Cycle #25 fails to show signs of increase in solar activity. I can see his point that he couldn't argue two subjects in in the same book. It is really important that people realize that people like AOC are just ignorant. She is not alone. I think she's gotten about a hundred people to sign on to her Green Dream.

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A must

I have worked in the electrical and solar fields for 5+ years and this is a book that is essential to understanding the green movement.

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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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a compelling argument for the other side

I'm a person who always wants to hear both sides of every argument and as such I'm always looking for the other side of the green movement argument. This is one of the most compelling and concise books detailing the moral positives of the oil industry and is a great counter argument to everything you will hear from every other person. While I don't agree with 100% of what he says I always want to hear both sides of every argument so that I am the most informed individual I can be. If you too are looking to be informed this is a great book.

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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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Logical and provoking

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

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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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