Power Hour: Marc Morano on the Evolution of the Climate Debate

4 Aug

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Marc Morano, the creator of Climate Depot and Energy Depot, about his extensive experience with green ideology, the negative influence of anti-development activism on the world, and the connection to the catastrophic global warming hysteria.

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Power Surge: Burning Windmills and Another Climate Scare Report by the White House

29 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the under-reported issue of windmills burning down, which is the subject of a recent study by the UK Imperial College, and the most recent global warming scare report from the White House, called “The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change.”

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Power Surge: “Carbon Legacy” Babies and Amory Lovins’ Footprint on the Colorado Coal Grid

28 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the hypocrisy involved in promoting the luxurious home of green icon Amory Lovins near Aspen, Colorado, as low footprint, efficient, and autonomous, as well as the view of some ecologists that having children is a major attack on the ecosystem of a “shared planet”.

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Power Hour: Tim Ball on the Corruption of Climate Science

22 Jul

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with climate scientist Dr. Tim Ball on the process by which climate science is misrepresented to the public

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Power Surge: The Right to be Brainwashed, Apple Claiming 100% Unreliable Energy, and Ted Cruz vs. Government Owning the Means of Production

11 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the “Climate Science Students Bill of Rights” that is promoted by green groups (including the Union of Concerned Scientists), Apple’s recent Environmental Responsibility Report in which the company claims 100% renewable energy for many facilities, and the attempt by Senator Ted Cruz to restrict the federal ownership of land in the US.

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Power Surge: Polar Bears or Power Plants–Which “Endangered Species” Should We Care About More?

10 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the Oxnard City Council’s decision to put a moratorium on a new gas power plant because it might be vulnerable to speculative future sea level rise, new shipping lanes being opened up for icebreaker LNG tankers thanks to less sea ice at the North Pole, and what the big picture of a world with less sea ice and fewer polar bears might look like.

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Power Surge: Shale Oil is for Everyone and the Heartland Institute International Conference on Climate Change

9 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the EU negotiating for shale oil imports with the US while Germany bans fracking for shale gas and oil until 2021 and Greenpeace stages a protest against fracking in Romania, as well as a recent article by socialist mediamatters.org mocking Heartland’s ICCC9 climate convention that is taking place in Las Vegas where Alex is currently visiting.

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Power Surge: Tariff War on Solar Panel Imports, Chile Focussing on Gas, New North Dakota Flaring Rules

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the additional Tariffs the US Commerce Department has imposed on Chinese made solar panels while two US Senators complain about tariffs imposed on US solar panels, the Chilean Energy Minister talking about the fuel of the future for his country, which is natural gas, and new restrictions on the practice of gas flaring in North Dakota.

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Power Surge: Greenpeace vs. Legos, Climate Insurance Failures, and Temperature Data Adjustments

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about a new Greenpeace campaign against Lego toys (made of oil) displaying the logo of Shell, an insurance company closing its climate lobby bureau in the US, and new adjustments to the U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperature data by NOAA that returns the first place on the list of hottest months ever to July 1936 after July 2012 was disqualified.

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Power Surge: Steven Goddard aka Tony Heller, Green Thought Police Seeking Control Over .eco Domains

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the revelation of the true identity of famous climate skeptic blogger Steven Goddard on his website, and the upcoming decision of ICANN that might put a coalition of green activists and organizations in charge of .eco top-level domains.

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Power Surge: Heat-Related Deaths and Human Ingenuity

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the most recent presidential attack on opponents of the White House’s climate action plan, a new report by the EU commission on devastating climate damage in a scenario without mitigation efforts, a new policy of water well testing before drilling operations proposed by New Mexico’s oil & gas industry as well as fracking opponents, and the decision by the US Department of Commerce to allow certain types of oil to be exported despite the restrictions for crude oil exports in place since the 1970s.

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Power Surge: Signs of Life, “Risky Business,” the EPA, and the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

4 Jul


On this Episode Alex and Steffen talk about a newly proposed pipeline from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota to a storage hub in Oklahoma, the recent SCOTUS ruling on the EPA rules for emissions of greenhouse gases, and Alex’s upcoming book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

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Power Surge: Former Treasury Sec. Paulson Claims We’re Facing a Catastrophic “Climate Bubble”

4 Jul


On this episode Alex and Steffen discuss the recent article by former Bush Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. Paulson sees similarities between what he thinks to be a climate crisis and the 2008 financial crash and warns about the risk of not acting.

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Al Gore and Rolling Stone Need to Issue a Public Apology for Journalistic Fraud

4 Jul


On this episode I am joined again by Steffen Henne to talk about Al Gore’s recent article in Rolling Stone Online in which he misleads readers about the use and effects of wind and solar power in Germany. I argue that Gore and Rolling Stone are committing journalistic fraud, and they owe us a public apology and retraction.

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Power Surge: Rising Fossil Fuels and a Decline in Presidential Conduct

4 Jul

On today’s Power Surge, Steffen Henne and I talk about rising oil demand in the US, the record growth of coal use in the world, and a recent graduation speech by President Obama at UC Irvine in which he continues to dismiss opponents of his climate and energy policies.

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Power Surge: Japan Keeps the Lights On with Fossil Fuel Imports, Canada Wants to Build More Pipelines for Oil Sands Resources, American Lung Association Propaganda

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the additional fossil fuel imports Japan relies on after shutting down most of its nuclear capacity after the Fukushima tsunami, Canada’s preliminary approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, which will bring oil from the Alberta oil sands to the export terminals at the Pacific coast, and recent efforts by the American Lung Association to promote EPA CO2 regulation by propaganda commercials that equate CO2 with heavy metals like mercury and lead.

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Power Surge: India Identifies the Green Threat to Progress, Another Attack by Regulation from the EPA

4 Jul


On this episode Alex and Steffen discuss a leaked report by the Indian spy service that accuses organizations like Greenpeace to use foreign funds to block industrial progress in the country, the commitment of the Indian government to improve the country’s fossil power infrastructure, and another power grab by EPA regarding the regulation of water bodies in the US.

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Power Surge: Paul Krugman, Ayn Rand, and Climate Change

4 Jul

On today’s Power Surge, Steffen Henne and I discuss Paul Krugman’s new piece on climate change, which begins this way:

Here are three things we know about man-made global warming. First, the consequences will be terrible if we don’t take quick action to limit carbon emissions. Second, in pure economic terms the required action shouldn’t be hard to take: emission controls, done right, would probably slow economic growth, but not by much. Third, the politics of action are nonetheless very difficult.

So why is the opposition to climate policy so intense?

Well, think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government intervention is the only answer. It doesn’t matter how market-friendly you make the proposed intervention; this is a direct challenge to the libertarian worldview.

And the natural reaction is denial — angry denial.

As you’ll see, I have some things to say about Dr. Krugman’s analysis :-).

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Power Surge: EPA Carbon Regulation Plan

4 Jul

On this episode Alex and Steffen discuss the new EPA CO2 regulation scheme that seeks to decrease emissions by 30% until 2030 and the justifications given to shut down existing coal plants in America.

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Power Surge: Global Warming or Climate Change? and Barack Obama vs. Ayn Rand at West Point

4 Jul

On this episode of Power Surge Alex is joined by Steffen Henne to discuss the recent hearing held by the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, about the IPCC Climate Change Process, as well as the recent move by Ohio House of Representatives to freeze the state’s renewable energy standards.

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Power Surge: How to Be More Alarming about Climate Change, the President at West Point, EPA’s Upcoming Power Grab

4 Jul

On this episode Alex is joined by Steffen Henne to talk about a recent publication by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication that investigated whether “climate change” or “global warming” is the more “effective” term to use in the US, a recent West Point graduation speech by President Obama, and the upcoming CO2 emissions regulations by the administration.

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Power Surge: Our Lawless Energy Policy, How Tesla “Makes” Money

4 Jul

Power Surge: May 28, 2014

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Power Surge: Shale Oil Reserves, Electric Cars, and Rail Transportation

27 May

On this episode of Power Surge, CIP Researcher Steffen Henne and I discuss the day’s energy news. Let us know if you like this format–we’re considering doing these short podcasts several times a week.

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Episode 94: Alex Epstein on Productivity

9 May

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein discusses what he learned about productivity while completing his forthcoming book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

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Episode 93: John Christy on What Climate Scientists Know and Don’t Know

18 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with climate scientist Dr. John Christy about what climate scientists know, don’t know, and why. Dr. Christy is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Alabama State Climatologist.

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Episode 92: Will Boisvert on Biomass and Modern Environmentalism

11 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with writer Will Boisvert about the strange bedfellows of biomass and the modern environmentalist movement. Mr. Boisvert writes on energy, environment, and urban policy for The Breakthrough Institute, and for such publications as The New York Observer and Dissent.

 
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Episode 91: Interview with Leighton Steward

5 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Leighton Steward about his experience in the oil and gas industry and his recent work on the issue of climate change. Mr. Steward has extensive experience in the exploration and production side of the industry, having served in various senior management positions. He is former Chairman of the U.S. Oil and Gas Association and the Natural Gas Supply Association, and is currently an honorary director of the American Petroleum Institute. You can find Mr. Steward’s work at www.plantsneedCO2.org and www.CO2isgreen.org. He also recommends www.CO2science.org and www.therightclimatestuff.com for further reading.

 
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Episode 90: Oil Landman Joseph Munsey

1 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Joseph Munsey about his experience as a oil industry sandman.
 

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Episode 89: Oil Champion Jack Ekstrom

22 Mar

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Jack Ekstrom, Vice President of Government Relations at Whiting Petroleum, about his experience in the oil and gas industry.

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Episode 88: Robert Bryce on Energy Progress

28 Feb

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and energy author Robert Bryce about energy progress—what, in the big picture, is actually happening in the world of energy. Mr. Bryce is the author of several books, including Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future and Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence. You can read more about his work at www.RobertBryce.com.

 
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Episode 87: Steven Hayward on Fossil Fuels and Environment

21 Feb

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Steven Hayward about fossil fuels and environment. Dr. Hayward is a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends, among many other works. You can read more about Dr. Hayward’s work at www.powerlineblog.com.

 
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Episode 86: Steffen Henne on Climate Change

14 Feb

In this third installment of a series of Power Hours devoted to chapters in his upcoming book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Penguin/Portfolio, 2014), Alex Epstein talks with CIP researcher and frequent contributor Steffen Henne about climate change.

 

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Episode 85: Eric Dennis on Global Warming

7 Feb

In this second installment of a series of Power Hours devoted to chapters in his upcoming book, The Case for Fossil Fuels (Penguin/Portfolio, 2014), Alex Epstein talks with Center for Industrial Progress Senior Fellow Dr. Eric Dennis about global warming, and in particular, a few new facets of the issue that will be covered in the book.

 
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Episode 84: Robert Bradley on Opposition to Fossil Fuels

31 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Robert Bradley, CEO and Founder of the Institute for Energy Research, about historical and modern opposition to fossil fuels. You can read more about Dr. Bradley and his work at www.instituteforenergyresearch.org.

 
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Episode 83: James Taylor on the EPA’s “Secret Science”

24 Jan

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein spoke with James Taylor, Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute, about his recent article on the EPA’s “secret science” and the ways the Heartland Institute has moved the needle on the climate debate.

 
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Episode 82: Geoffrey Styles on the “Carbon Asset Bubble”

23 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, about his recent blog post challenging the idea, put forward by Al Gore and David Blood in The Wall Street Journal, that we face a “carbon asset bubble.”

 
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Episode 81: Marlo Lewis on the Top Energy Stories of 2013

12 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex is joined once again by Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to discuss the top energy stories of 2013. You can find Marlo’s work at http://cei.org/expert/marlo-lewis-jr.

 
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Episode 80: Richard Levick on Energy Communications

21 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex is joined by Richard Levick, chairman and CEO of LEVICK, a leading public relations firm. Alex and Richard discuss how ineffective communications strategies have impacted the energy industry in public affairs, and what needs to be done to make a positive change. Alex and Richard also talk about how the communications landscape has transformed in the wake of the information revolution, and how important it is to adapt as soon as possible. You can learn more about LEVICK at http://www.levick.com, and read Richard’s column on Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardlevick/.

 

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Episode 79: Erin Connors—A Student’s View of Energy

14 Dec

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Erin Connors, a student of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, about her view of energy before and after encountering CIP. Last year, Erin attended Alex’s debate with Dr. Dino Ress, “Oil: Dangerous Addiction or Healthy Choice.” She now works part-time with CIP and plans to work in the oil industry after graduation. You can find Erin’s writings on the CIP Blog and in CIP’s weekly newsletter, Movement.

 

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Episode 78: Henry I. Miller on Food Technology

6 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Dr. Henry I. Miller, Robert Wessen Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, on the subject of food technology. Dr. Miller is the author of The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution and many other books and articles on science, medicine, and technology.

 

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Episode 77: Gregory Zuckerman on “The Frackers”

22 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with author Gregory Zuckerman about his recent book, The Frackers. Gregory is a special writer at The Wall Street Journal and the bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever. You can learn more about Gregory and his work at http://www.gregoryzuckerman.com.

 

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Episode 76: Craig Idso on the Benefits of CO2

15 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Craig D. Idso, former president and current chairman of the board of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, about the benefits of CO2. You can learn about Dr. Idso’s work at www.co2science.org.
 

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Episode 75: Meghann Ribbens on the Science of Oil

12 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Meghann Ribbens about the science of oil. Dr. Ribbens earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.

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Episode 74: The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

1 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, special guest host Don Watkins interviews Alex Epstein about his new fossil fuel communications manifesto, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels: The Key to Winning Hearts and Minds. Don is a Fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author of the book Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.

Go here to read the manifesto.

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Episode 73: Power Preview—4 New Talks to Industry

28 Oct

This episode of Power Hour is a “Power Preview” of four talks Alex Epstein gave to industry audiences last week in Canada. Since the talks are not available publicly, Alex and CIP’s Adam Edmonsond recorded a preview with highlights of the key ideas. For the Movement subscribers and CIP Blog readers who have listened to the preview—this recording includes a follow-up with Alex’s thoughts after the events.

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Episode 72: The Man Who Debunked the Hockey Stick

18 Oct

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Ross McKitrick who, with Dr. Stephen McIntyre, debunked the famous “Hockey Stick” graph used by the IPCC, Al Gore, and just about every other person and organization pushing for government action in the face of purportedly catastrophic global warming.

Dr. McKitrick is professor of economics at the University of Quelph, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, co-author of the book Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming, and author of Economic Analysis of Environmental Policy.

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Episode 71: Patrick Michaels on Global Warming and the IPCC

11 Oct

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Patrick Michaels about global warming and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Michaels is Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. He taught Environmental Science for 30 years at University of Virginia. He is a past President of the American Association of State Climatologists, and former Program Chair of the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. A former contributing author to the IPCC, he is an outspoken critic of the organization’s politicization of science.

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Episode 70: Eric Dennis on How to Think About Climate Change

7 Oct

On this episode of Power Hour, CIP Senior Fellow Dr. Eric Dennis returns to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recently released Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), and how we should think about climate change. To learn more about Eric, go to http://industrialprogress.com/about”>http://industrialprogress.com/about.

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Episode 69: “How to Think About Global Warming”

1 Oct

This week’s episode of Power Hour is a recent talk Alex Epstein gave to the Santa Monica Tea Party, on “How to Think About Global Warming.” Alex was originally invited to talk about “The Collapse of the Global Warming Hoax,” but he explained in the talk that “hoax” isn’t the word he would use to describe the phenomenon. Listen to this episode to find out why.

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Episode 68: “Industry, Stand Up For Yourself”

20 Sep

This week’s Power Hour is a recording of the speech Alex Epstein recently gave at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s Annual Meeting, titled “Industry, Stand Up For Yourself.” In it, he outlines what it takes for members of the oil and gas industry to become “Oil Champions,” and urges them to do so.

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Episode 67: Amy Oliver Cooke on FERC Nominee Ron Binz

13 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Amy Oliver Cooke, Director of the Independence Institute’s Energy Policy Center, about Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz. If you’re not familiar with the FERC or Ron Binz, this is a must-listen. For more on Amy’s work, go to http://www.i2i.org/olivercooke.php.

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Episode 66: Dave Quast on Fracking in California

6 Sep

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviewed Dave Quast, California Director for Energy in Depth, about fracking in California. CIP highly recommends Energy In Depth as a source of information about energy. You can find Dave’s work there at http://energyindepth.org/california.

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Episode 65: David Kreutzer on Fossil Fuel Policy

30 Aug

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. David Kreutzer about fossil fuel policy, the ideas that have inspired it, and their effects. Dr. Kreutzer is a Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change at the Heritage Foundation. You can learn more about him and his work at http://www.heritage.org/about/staff/k/david-kreutzer.

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Episode 64: Alex Epstein Visits the Kentucky Mining Institute

23 Aug

For this episode of Power Hour, CIP’s Adam Edmonsond interviewed Alex Epstein about his upcoming visit to the Kentucky Mining Institute’s Mine Rescue Competition, where Alex will speak to an audience consisting mostly of coal miners about how to be better champions of their industry.

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Episode 63: Andrew N. Kleit on Electricity Markets

16 Aug

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Dr. Andrew N. Kleit, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Penn State University, about electricity and electricity markets. Other topics include the impact of weather on energy markets and the effects of energy regulation. You can read more about Dr. Kleit and his work at http://ploneprod.met.psu.edu/people/ank1.

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Episode 62: Peter Grossman on U.S. Energy Policy

9 Aug

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talked with Dr. Peter Grossman, Professor of Economics at Butler University, about his latest book, U.S. Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure. You can follow Dr. Grossman’s work at http://peterzgrossman.wordpress.com.

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Episode 61: Larry Bell on Big Picture Thinking

26 Jul

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Larry Bell, Professor of Space Architecture at the University of Houston and a regular contributor to Forbes.com, about big picture thinking about energy subsidies and about claims of catastrophic climate change.

You can find Larry’s recent Forbes article about subsides here, and you can pick up his book, Climate of Corruption, here.

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Episode 60: Kirk Sorensen on Thorium

19 Jul

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Kirk Sorensen, Chief Technologist at Energy From Thorium, on the subject of nuclear power from Thorium. Kirk is a leading advocate of Thorium, an incredibly potent source of energy. You can learn more about his work at www.energyfromthorium.com.

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Episode 59: Thomas Pyle on Gasland 2

10 Jul

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Thomas Pyle, President of the Institute for Energy Research, about Gasland 2, the new anti-fracking documentary by Josh Fox. You can keep up with Thomas and the Institute of Energy Research at http://energytownhall.org.

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Episode 58: Eric Eisenhammer on Energy Activism

5 Jul

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talked with Eric Eisenhammer, founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, about political activism, or how we can tranlate our ideas about energy into real improvements in the conditions under which the energy industry operates, which ultimately affect all energy users. You can read more about Eric and the Coalition of Energy Users at http://coalitionofenergyusers.org.

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Episode 57: Heath Lovell on Coal and Communication

28 Jun

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Heath Lovell of Alliance Coal about what it’s like to be in the coal industry (first as a miner and now in management), how the world sees the industry, and how the workers in the industry see the world. They also discuss the role of the coal industry in human flourishing around the world, how to improve communication about energy issues, and President Obama’s new climate plan.

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Episode 56: Frank Clemente on Coal and Human Health

21 Jun

For this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviewed Dr. Frank Clemente on coal, and particularly its impact on human health. As a sociology professor, Dr. Clemente spent much of his career researching the relationship between industrialization and human health. He was a member of the graduate faculty at Pennsylvania State University and the former director of its Environmental Policy Center. You can follow his work at www.energy-facts.org.

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Episode 55: Donna Laframboise on the IPCC’s Politicization of Science

14 Jun

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Donna Laframboise, author of The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its politicization of science. You can keep up with Donna’s work at www.nofrakkingconsensus.com.

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Episode 54: David Blackmon on “Oil Subsidies”

7 Jun

In this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with David Blackmon, Managing Director at FTI Consulting, about “oil subsidies” (and whether they’re really subsidies). Mr. Blackmon has a lot of experience in the oil and gas industry, and his perspective on policy issues affecting the industry are published in a regular column at Forbes.com.

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Episode 53: “How Oil Improves the Planet” at Michigan State University

24 May

This episode of Power Hour is Alex Epstein’s recent talk at Michigan State University, on the subject of “How Oil Improves the Planet.”

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Episode 52: Travis Fisher on Electricity

17 May

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with electricity expert Travis Fisher about the basics of electricity, and about some of the lesser known facts about how this now-ubiquitous form of energy came to be the go-to resource for light, then for operating machinery in factories, and now for almost every technology we count on today. This is the first full episode of Power Hour devoted to electricity, and it’s not to be missed.

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Episode 51: Michael Binnion on the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry

10 May

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein discusses the state of the Canadian oil and gas industry with Michael Binnion, CEO of Questerre Energy. Binnion combines a lot of experience with an uncommonly insightful historical and philosophical perspective that make his observations of the industry particularly valuable.

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Episode 50: Myron Ebell on the Rise and Fall of Cap and Trade

7 May

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Myron Ebell, Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), about the various forms of control that governments in the United States and Europe have taken over the energy industry on the premise of catastrophic global warming—particularly the rise and fall of “cap and trade” policies.

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Episode 49: Stanley Kurtz on the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

27 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Stanley Kurtz, author of a series of recent articles in theNational Review on the fossil fuel divestment movement, its leader, Bill McKibben, and what the conduct of the members of the movement on college campuses tells us about the state of liberal education today.

Episode 48: CIP vs Sierra Club at Stanford University

22 Apr

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein goes to Stanford University to debate Bruce Nilles, Senior Campaign Director for the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign. The subject of the debate is: “Should the government restrict fossil fuels?”

Episode 48: CIP vs Sierra Club at Stanford University

19 Apr

Alex Epstein debates Bruce Nilles, director of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign at Stanford University. The debate focuses on the question “should the government restrict fossil fuels?”

Episode 47: Energy Panel at Duke University

13 Apr

Alex Epstein and CIP’s nuclear expert, Thomas Eiden, visit Duke University to participate on an energy panel. Alex and Thomas discuss oil, nuclear, and the future of energy.

Episode 46: How Frac’ing Improves Our Environment

7 Apr

Episode 45: The Vassar Controversy

7 Apr

Alex Epstein’s controversial visit to Vassar College. Tune in to hear Alex talk about the harassment by the 350.org fossil fuels divestment group, upcoming events, and audio from the talk — “Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet“.

Episode 44: Catastrophic Global Warming with Joanne Nova

28 Mar

This week’s Power Hour features Joanne Nova,  a prominent commentator from Australia, known for her criticisms of catastrophic global warming claims. Alex and Joanne discuss the media portrayal of science, how to process the information we get about global warming, and the “skepticism” related to it.

Episode 43: Waste and Pollution with Richard Salsman

15 Mar

This week’s Power Hour features an interview with economist Richard Salsman. Alex and Richard get into an in-depth discussion on the issues of waste and pollution.

Episode 42: Light Brigade

12 Mar

This episode of Power Hour features an in-depth look at The Light Brigade–CIP’s “counter-education” at the Sierra Club’s highly touted “forward on climate” rally.

Episode 41: Energy Policy and Pollution with Jerry Taylor

23 Feb

Alex Epstein interviews Jerry Taylor, Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute. Alex and Jerry discuss energy policy today and how it came to be, how to deal with pollution, and more.

Episode 40: UN Global Warming Events with Craig Rucker

8 Feb

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex Epstein interviews Craig Rucker, Executive Director of CFACT, on his eye-opening adventures at UN global warming events.

Episode 39: Superstorm Sandy with Paul Driessen

1 Feb

Alex interviews Paul Driessen, author of “Eco-Imperialism” and senior policy adviser for CFACT. Superstorm Sandy is discussed.

Episode 38: Interview with FrackNation co-director, Magdalena Segieda

25 Jan

Alex Epstein interviews FrackNation co-director, Magdalena Segieda.

Episode 37: Part 2 – McKibben Debate Break Down with Steffen Henne

2 Jan

This episode features a break down of Bill McKibben’s opening statement from November’s debate on fossil fuels. Alex Epstein and resident researcher Steffen Henne provide in-depth analysis and commentary (Part 2 of 2).

Episode 36: Part 1 – McKibben Debate Break Down with Steffen Henne

31 Dec

This episode features a break down of Bill McKibben’s opening statement from November’s debate on fossil fuels. Alex Epstein and resident researcher Steffen Henne provide in-depth analysis and commentary (Part 1 of 2).

Episode 35: Part 2 – Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein Debate and Commentary

29 Dec

This episode features the rest of the Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein debate audio along with commentary by Alex Epstein.

Episode 34: Part 1 – Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein Debate and Commentary

23 Dec

This episode features the Dr. Dino Ress vs Alex Epstein debate audio along with commentary by Alex Epstein.

Episode 33: Part 2 – McKibben vs Epstein Debate and Commentary

2 Dec

This episode features the McKibben vs Epstein debate audio along with commentary by Alex Epstein.

Episode 32: Part 1 – McKibben vs Epstein Debate and Commentary

28 Nov

This episode features the McKibben vs Epstein debate audio along with commentary by Alex Epstein.

Episode 31: Questioning Climate Science with Dr. Richard Lindzen

24 Oct

Dr. Richard Lindzen joins the show to talk about perspectives on climate change and the loaded questions surrounding the topic.

Episode 30: Climate Science and Global Warming with Dr. William Happer

12 Oct

Princeton University’s Dr. William Happer discusses climate science, climate “models,” and scientific skepticism.

Episode 29: Climate Change with Steve Goreham

2 Oct

Steve Goreham discusses catastrophic climate change, and Epstein’s upcoming debate with Bill McKibbon

Episode 28: What Fracking Is Actually Like with Terry Cunningham

17 Sep

Petroleum Consultant Terry Cunningham discusses what the process of discovering and extracting oil with fracking really consists of, and contrasts it with public perceptions

Episode 27: Environmental Education with Chad Morris

5 Sep

Guest host Chad Morris interviews Alex Epstein on how to think about environmental issues.

Episode 26: The Future of Energy with Mark Mills

31 Aug

Mark mills discusses his new book, The Bottomless Well, and the potential for growth in various energy industries

Episode 25: The Role of Energy with Dr. Howard Hayden

15 Aug

Dr. Howard Hayden, editor-in-chief of The Energy Advocate, discusses the role of energy, nuclear energy policy, and much more

Episode 24: Fracking 101 with Dr. Mukul Sharma

12 Aug

One of the world’s leading experts on fracking, Dr. Mukul Sharma, discusses the basics of the technology

Episode 23: Detecting Psuedo-Science with Eric Dennis

29 Jul

Physicist Eric Dennis discusses the three questions you need to ask about any scientific claim you hear, with a focus on claims of catastrophic climate change

Episode 22: The Value of Energy with Ken Green

24 Jul

Ken Green discusses his book Abundant Energy and what the proper narrative for energy is

Episode 21: Green Jobs with Deborah Sloan

18 Jul

Deborah Sloan discusses so-called Green Jobs

Episode 20: The Dangers of Not Fracking with David Biederman

13 Jul

Oil industry professional David Biederman discusses fracking, its immense value, and the paranoia surrounding it

Episode 19: How to Think About Energy Issues (Part 2)

1 Jul

CIP founder Alex Epstein answers more listener questions on energy

Episode 18: How to Think About Energy Issues (Part 1)

23 Jun

CIP founder Alex Epstein answers listener questions on energy

Episode 17: The War on Coal with Marlo Lewis

16 Jun

Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute breaks down the war against the worlds fastest growing source of energy, coal

Episode 16: The Locavore’s Dilemma with Pierre Desrochers

9 Jun

Pierre Desrochers of the University of Toronto discusses his new book critiquing the local food movement

Episode 15: Our Energy Resources with Robert Bradley

2 Jun

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Robert Bradley, CEO of the Institute for Energy Research and Editor of energy blog MasterResource, discusses why apocalyptic predictions about resource depletion have always proved inaccurate

Episode 14: “Merchants of Despair” with author Robert Zubrin

2 May

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Robert Zubrin discusses his book Merchants of Despair about environmentalism’s shared philosophy with the eugenics and the population control movements

Episode 13: Capitalism and Our Environment with Pierre Desrochers

7 Apr

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Pierre Desrochers of the University of Toronto discusses capitalism and our environment

Special Feature: How You, Individually, Can Change the World – The Power of the Moral Narrative (Alex Epstein’s lecture at UofC Berkeley)

22 Mar

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Alex Epstein lecture at UofC Berkeley on how promoters of liberty must redefine the moral narrative to become successful

Power Surge Episode 3: Gas Prices 101

9 Mar

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Alex Epstein and Dr. Eric Dennis discuss gas prices

Episode 12: The Industrial Progress Movement with Jordan Breen

3 Feb

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Radio host Jordan Breen interviews Alex Epstein on the Industrial Progress Movement

Episode 11: The Year in Energy with Marlo Lewis

4 Jan

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Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute discusses the best and worst of the year in energy, from fracking to the EPA

Episode 10: Occupy Wall Street with Dr. Eric Dennis

3 Dec

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Dr. Eric Dennis, former investor with Goldman Sachs, discusses Occupy Wall Street

Episode 9: SpOILed with Mark Mathis

1 Oct

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Mark Mathis discusses SpOILed, his documentary on peak oil

Power Hour Preview: How Energy Markets Work, and Other Good Stuff

30 Sep

A preview on energy markets and more

Power Surge Episode 2: HR 1098, and Why Sound Money is Crucial for Energy

26 Sep

Alex Epstein and Dr. Eric Dennis discuss HR 1098 and sound (and unsound) money

Power Surge Episode 1: Corruption at the American Physical Society

17 Sep

Alex Epstein and Dr. Eric Dennis discuss the resignation of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ivar Giaever from the American Physical Society

Episode 8: Climate Policy with Patrick Michaels

1 Sep

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Climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels discusses climate policy

Episode 7: Speculation with Eric Dennis

1 Aug

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Physicist and investor Dr. Eric Dennis discusses commodity (e.g. oil) speculation

Episode 6: “Alternative Energy” with Tom Tanton

1 Jul

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Download and save: Energy, technology and policy consultant Tom Tanton discusses so-called alternative energy

Episode 5: Climate Change with Richard Lindzen

1 Jun

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Climatologist Dr. Richard Lindzen discusses climate change. Copyright Ayn Rand Institute 2011. Used with permission.

Episode 4: Nuclear Power with Jay Lehr

1 May

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Jay Lehr discusses nuclear power. Copyright 2011 Ayn Rand Institute. Used with permission.

Episode 3: Environmentalism with Onkar Ghate

1 Apr

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Onkar Ghate of the Ayn Rand Institute discusses Earth Day and the erroneous philosophical foundations of environmentalism. Copyright Ayn Rand Institute 2011. Used with permission.

Episode 2: Peak Oil with Michael Lynch

1 Mar

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Michael Lynch discusses peak oil. Copyright Ayn Rand Institute 2011. Used with permission.

Episode 1: Power Hungry with Robert Bryce

1 Feb

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Robert Bryce discusses energy. Copyright 2011 Ayn Rand Institute. Used with permission.