Unplugged & Totally Uncut
Unplugged & Totally Uncut

Alex Epstein Fossil Fuels

November 30, 201414 min
Could everything we know about fossil fuels be wrong? For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, 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? In The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein argues that it’s because 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. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental. Today, we use almost twice as many fossil fuels as we did forty years ago, and both prosperity and environmental quality have skyrocketed. If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives,

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