Best of Power Hour: Robert Zubrin on Merchants of Despair

4 Dec

On this week’s Power Hour “best of” episode, I talk to Robert Zubrin, author of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism.

Dr. Zubrin’s is a fascinating history of the theory and practice of what Zubrin calls “anti-humanism”–the belief that “human beings are pathogens whose activities need to be suppressed in order to protect a fixed ecological order with interests that stand above those of humanity.” Zubrin traces anti-humanism from the doctrines of Thomas Malthus centuries ago, which led to murder and sterilization campaigns in the name of protecting ourselves and the planet from “overpopulation,” to the racist social mis-interpretations of the theory of evolution that led to mass-murder in the name of protecting ourselves and the planet from “degeneration of the gene pool,” to the modern “environmentalist” movement’s war against life-saving practical energy, pesticides, and genetically-modified organisms, in the name of saving ourselves and the planet from an “excessive” human “footprint.”

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Best of Power Hour: Dr. Edward Calabrese on the Science of Environmental Danger

27 Nov

On this week’s Power Hour “best of” episode, I talk to Dr. Edward Calabrese, professor of toxicology at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

We discuss the linear no-threshold dose-response model, which regulatory agencies use to set pollution standards, and his findings about a more realistic “hormetic” response model that could improve regulatory standards and human health if adapted.

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Best of Power Hour: John Christy on what climate scientists do and don’t know

20 Nov

On this week’s Power Hour “best of” episode, I talk to 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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Best of Power Hour: Brendan O’Neill on Humanism and Anti-humanism

13 Nov

On this week’s Power Hour “best of” episode, I speak to Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked-online.com and author of A Duty to Offend, to discuss the difference between the humanist view of nature and the anti-humanist view of nature.

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Best of Power Hour: Judith Curry on the state of climate science

6 Nov

On this week’s Power Hour “best of” episode, climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry, Professor and former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and proprietor of the blog Climate Etc., joins me to discuss how she went from being a mainstream climate scientist to one of the most controversial figures in the field–and what her experience tells us about the state of the climate science profession today. We also discuss the attempt to use anti-mafia laws to prosecute “climate deniers.”

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Best of Power Hour: Rod Adams on the secret history of nuclear power

30 Oct

On this “best of” episode of Power Hour, I talk with Rod Adams, publisher of Atomic Insights, about nuclear power and how the build time as well as the cost for new reactors have been increased by irrational fear of it.

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Power Hour: Fact-checking Epstein vs. RFK, Jr.

23 Oct

On this week’s Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I break down my debate with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and address some of Kennedy’s distorted claims that I didn’t have time to cover. Topics include:

-The myth that Kennedy supports a free market in energy
-Why “levelized cost of energy” calculations don’t prove that wind and solar are affordable
-The truth about climate-related deaths and climate-related damages

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Best of Power Hour: Dr. Patrick Moore on a rational, pro-human approach to ecology

16 Oct

On this episode I talk to Patrick Moore, ecologist and a co-founder (and defector) of Greenpeace about how the science of ecology has been corrupted over the decades, and how it can be fixed.

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Best of Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on a new approach to environmental issues

9 Oct

On this episode I talk to Michael Shellenberger, President and co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute and prolific champion of nuclear power, about a rational approach to environmental issues.

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Power Hour: Greta Thunberg’s unscientific sermon, climate protests, and fossil fuel divestment

25 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen discuss five topics:

-Greta Thunberg’s unscientific sermon
-Climate policy trends: Germany vs. China
-What climate protesters really want
-Why we shouldn’t “do something” about climate
-The shameful fossil fuel divestment campaign

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Power Hour: The Saudi oil attacks, Greta Thunberg’s U.S. visit, the myth of “green jobs”

18 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen discuss six topics:

-The Saudi oil attacks
-How Norway rigged its car market to promote EVs
-Greta Thunberg’s U.S. visit
-The state of Germany’s “energy transition”
-Rolling back the lightbulb ban
-Debunking the myth of “green jobs”

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Power Hour: The climate change town hall wake-up call

16 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen have a special episode:

Breaking down CNN’s Democratic presidential candidate climate change town hall.

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Power Hour: Hurricane Dorian, methane regulation rollback, ethanol welfare, and more

4 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen discuss five topics:

-The EPA rolls back methane regulations
-The real lessons of Hurricane Dorian
-More welfare for corn ethanol farmers?
-Why quick charging EVs would be a disaster
-Democrats sue to stop Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy rule

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Power Hour: Bernie’s totalitarian climate plan, David Koch’s legacy, the truth about Amazon fires

28 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen discuss five topics:

-Bernie Sanders’ totalitarian climate plan
-David Koch’s legacy
-The CNN climate debate
-The flight shaming movement
-The truth about Amazon fires

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Power Hour Special Edition: How many Gores do you emit?

28 Aug

In a special edition of Power Hour, I interview Power Hour listener Patrick McDonald on his idea for a more meaningful way to measure CO2 emissions. Instead of talking about how many tonnes of CO2 someone emits, we should talk about how their emissions compare to Al Gore’s annual emissions.

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Power Hour: Eco-fascist mass murder, the Texas energy crisis, and “contaminating” the moon

21 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I discuss six topics:

-Eco-fascist mass murder
-Silencing climate skeptics
-The Texas energy crisis
-Germany’s onshore wind capacity stagnates
-Wind and solar can’t scale
-“Contaminating” the moon

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Power Hour: The Endangered Species Act, solar roads, the war on meat, and more

15 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen discuss six topics:

-Trump reins in the Endangered Species Act
-Blocking the energy infrastructure blockers
-The war on meat
-“Green energy” utopianism
-Frameworks for persuading vs. frameworks for manipulating
-Solar roads = the worst roads + the worst solar

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Power Hour: Ohio’s nuclear bailout, prestigious economist says GND would help the economy, and more

7 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen covered six topics:

-Prestigious economist says GND would help the economy
-India’s energy needs
-Why the left and right can’t agree on climate change
-Making sense of nuclear and coal bailouts in Ohio
-Should we preserve natural beauty?
-How the government ruined your dishwasher

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Power Hour: Carbon tax fallacies, Earth Overshoot Day, and Thunberg’s climate summit stunt

31 Jul

On this week’s Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I covered six topics:

-Carbon tax watch
-The fallacies behind “Earth Overshoot Day”
-Greta Thunberg’s revealing climate summit stunt
-Energy deprivation in Michigan
-Being green vs. human beings
-Ethiopia grows trees, not prosperity

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Power Hour: Heat waves and blackouts, Berkeley’s natural gas ban, and calls for a climate moonshot

24 Jul

On this week’s Power Hour, Steffen and Don covered six topics:

-The ubiquity of anti-human thinking
-Heat waves and blackouts
-Will climate change cause Tuvalu to drown?
-Berkeley bans natural gas
-Hiding the costs of climate restrictions
-A climate change moonshot?

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Power Hour: Green policies vs. green energy, Trump’s environmental offensive, and NASA’s 97% lie

17 Jul

On this week’s Power Hour, Steffen and I covered seven topics:

-Trump’s environmental offensive
-Green energy growth declines
-Do environmentalists want to stop climate change?
-Exposing NASA’s “97% of climate scientists agree” lie
-How much CO2 does your speech emit?
-The state of European nuclear power
-No impact means no renewables

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Power Hour: NY’s climate law, Inslee calls for climate indoctrination, and LEGO renounces plastic

10 Jul

On this week’s Power Hour, Don and Steffen covered six topics:

-Inslee’s climate indoctrination plan
-Bloomberg’s green energy fantasy
-New York climate law jeopardizes manufacturing
-The media pushes electrification hype
-Power plants could push emissions targets beyond reach
-LEGO decides plastic is a problem

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Power Hour: The Democratic debate’s approach to energy and climate, the real potential of electric vehicles and more

3 Jul

On this week’s Power Hour, Steffen and I covered three topics:

  • Presidential candidates fail to seriously address climate and energy
  • Why we disagree with Peter Diamandis’s predictions about the future of battery electric vehicles.
  • Wood Mackenzie optimistically tallies zero-CO2 US power at $4.5 trillion

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Power Hour: The NYT admits climate models have failed, a misleading climate timeline, and more

19 Jun

On this week’s Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I covered four topics:

-Climate change: an apocalypse, catastrophe, or annoyance?
-What’s wrong with this picture? Examining the XKCD earth temperature timeline
(https://xkcd.com/1732/)
-Britain’s climate fantasy will create a nightmare
-BP Review of World Energy’s inconvenient truth: solar and wind aren’t catching up with fossil fuels

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Power Hour: Chernobyl, Bloomberg’s anti-coal pledge, another failed climate prediction

12 Jun

Once again I was unable to record Power Hour, but my colleagues Don and Steffen stepped in to cover six topics:

-The lessons of Chernobyl
-The future of Germany’s nuclear industry
-Bloomberg uses his wealth to make us poor
-Another failed climate prediction
-China threatens to cut off US rare earth metal supply
-How regulations are making us waste natural gas

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Power Hour: Biden’s climate plan, freedom gas, heat waves, and more

5 Jun

Once again I was unable to record Power Hour, but my colleagues Don and Steffen stepped in to cover six topics:

-Joe Biden’s climate plan
-The problem with “freedom gas”
-Are killer heat waves going to decimate the US?
-The latest front in anti-fossil fuel investor activism
-The green fight against flight
-Millennials blame climate change for their failure to save

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Power Hour: CA flirts with gas-powered car ban, TX stands up to pipeline sabotage, the EU elections

29 May

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don and Steffen cover seven topics:

-The green movement’s “intelligent transformation” denialism
-Putting an end to the Chevron extortion racket…for now
-Texas stands up to pipeline sabotage
-BP aligns with Paris climate goals?
-California flirts with banning gas-powered cars
-The myth of a green wave in the EU elections
-Alberta might repeal carbon tax–and get a new one

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Power Hour: Australia votes for energy abundance, Venezuelan gas lines, and good news on drought

22 May

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I cover eight topics:

-Australia votes for energy abundance
-Have we been overestimating methane emissions?
-The Guardian’s biased climate reporting
-Congressional bill seeks to limit ethanol blending
-Will the EPA reject air emissions junk science?
-90% of US not in drought for first time since 2000
-Mile-long gasoline lines paralyze oil-rich Venezuela
-Wind power still dependent on subsidies

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Power Hour: Biden’s climate conundrum, the IMF’s phony fossil fuel subsidy claim, and more

15 May

On this week’s (abbreviated) episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I cover five topics:

-No, fossil fuels don’t get $5 trillion in subsidies
-Joe Biden’s climate conundrum
-Bernie Sanders wants Silicon Valley to stop supporting energy progress
-Why the media isn’t talking about cheap shale oil
-The Green New Deal isn’t so green

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Power Hour: The UN’s latest environmental scare, the hidden risks of rooftop solar, renewables growth slows

8 May

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I cover nine topics:

-The UN’s latest environmental scare
-Renewables growth stalls
-The hidden risks of rooftop solar
-The other natural gas blockade: the Jones Act
-American LNG fuels European energy security
-The first “solar powered town” isn’t
-The contradictions of France’s green energy policy
-Can wind and solar make the grid more resilient?
-Protectionism for uranium producers

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Power Hour: California blackouts, nuclear bailouts, Beto’s GND-lite, NY bans skyscrapers, and more

1 May

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen, cover seven topics:

-PG&E decides only blackouts can prevent forest fires
-Offshore drilling remains off limits
-Beto O’Rourke’s Green New Deal-lite
-The risks of NOT using fossil fuels
-New York bans skyscrapers and hot dogs
-Nuclear “bailouts” in Ohio and Pennsylvania
-California blames high gas prices on oil industry conspiracy

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Power Hour: Fact-checking the NYT on renewables, Iran sanctions, criminal climate protests, and more

24 Apr

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen, cover eight topics:

-Fact-checking the NYT on renewables
-An honest study on the true price of renewables
-Iran sanctions set off oil price hikes
-PA warns NY: stop blocking our natural gas or stop buying our natural gas
-Extinction Rebellion’s criminal climate protests
-Facebook pays a price for its “100% renewable” lies
-Will the pro-nuclear presidential candidates please stand up?
-Court victory for a climate heretic

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Power Hour: The existential threat of the GND, Chevron buys Anadarko, flying car fears, and more

17 Apr

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I cover six topics:

-The Green New Deal, not climate change, is an existential threat
-We wanted flying cars, instead we got climate catastrophism
-What Chevron’s purchase of Anadarko means for the future of oil and gas
-Elizabeth Warren vows to ban fracking on public lands
-The unethical Michael Mann gets an ethics award
-Pennsylvania’s underhanded push for cap-and-trade

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Power Hour: The true cost of solar, Keystone XL, Arctic drilling in jeopardy, and more

10 Apr

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I cover seven topics:

-The true cost of solar
-Can Trump stop New York from depriving New England of affordable energy?
-Arctic drilling in jeopardy…again
-Keystone XL, 11 years and counting
-The surprising lesson of Venezuela’s blackouts
-Lights out for Texas?
-The wastefulness of household recycling

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Power Hour: The Senate’s GND vote, Bernie’s fracking ban, how to think about byproducts

3 Apr

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover seven topics:

-The Senate’s Green New Deal vote
-The Republicans’ “Green Real Deal” train wreck
-Federal judge blocks oil and gas development in Wyoming
-Colorado’s continuing war on fossil fuels
-Bernie Sanders vows to outlaw fracking
-California (finally) decides to do something to prevent wildfires
-How to think about byproducts

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Power Hour: Arguing to 100 vs. Arguing to 0

27 Mar

On this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex shares a speech he recently gave to members of Colorado’s oil and gas industry. In it he shares his approach to persuasion, which he calls “arguing to 100.”

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Power Hour: How to think about air pollution, the 2020 election, fracking bans, and ethanol mandates

20 Mar

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover seven topics:

-Robert Phalen’s great work on air pollution
-Students skip school to protest climate change
-Oregon says “no” to fracking prosperity
-2020: The climate change election
-The insane economic theory behind the Green New Deal
-Europe’s largest “renewable” energy source: biomass
-The Trump administration pushes corn ethanol

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Power Hour: Framing energy conversations, Venezuela goes dark, nuclear’s amazing safety record

13 Mar

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover eight topics:

-A new way to frame energy conversations
-Venezuela goes dark
-After stinging defeat in 2018, Colorado’s anti-fracking activists are back
-Green New Deal: A Preview
-How the Fukushima nuclear incident is still being distorted 8 years later
-Youngstown’s fight for fracking freedom
-The false hype around Texas building “the world’s largest batter”
-The attack on industrial collaboration

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Power Hour: Changing the narrative vs conceding the narrative, climate mastery, CO2 turned into coal

6 Mar

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover seven topics:

-Changing the narrative vs conceding the narrative
-Lying about the Tesla battery’s “moment of disruption”
-How the Green New Deal has changed the debate
-China and India are making the planet greener
-What can we conclude from “hottest year” records?
-Researchers turn CO2 into coal
-Climate mastery vs. Climate passivity

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Power Hour: Improving the human environment, Trump’s climate panel, Amazon’s “shipment zero” sham

27 Feb

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover seven topics:

-Improving the human environment
-Did Trump put a “climate denialist” on a White House climate panel?
-What’s the actual capacity of “the world’s biggest battery”?
-“Demand response” = power deprivation
-Amazon’s dishonest “Shipment Zero” program
-The latest “green” trend: plastic penance
-Why U.S. coal plants are outdated

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Power Hour: The evolution of my environmental philosophy, greens vs. nuclear, CA’s train to nowhere

20 Feb

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover six topics:

• The evolution of Alex’s environmental philosophy
• “Energy efficiency” boondoggles
• Tesla’s “largest battery in the world” insufficient for providing backup when it’s most needed
• The price of outlawing reliable energy
• California’s train to nowhere
• Why do greens oppose carbon-free nuclear?

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Power Hour: The Green Great Depression, Nike’s 100% renewable lie, reviewing Michael Mann, and more

13 Feb

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Don, Steffen, and I discuss these topics:

• Green New Deal or Green Great Depression?
• China’s inhumane “clean air plan”
• Nike’s 100% renewable lie
• What climate scientist Michael Mann gets wrong and (partly) right
• How “green” policies fueled the California wildfires

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Power Hour: The real cost of solar, wind, and batteries, the Polar Vortex, Budweiser’s 100% wind lie

6 Feb

In this week’s episode of Power Hour, Alex, Don, and Steffen cover six topics:

• The real cost of solar and wind + the real cost of battery backup = global bankruptcy
• Survived the Polar Vortex? Thank fossil fuels
• Former Power Hour guest Dr. John Christy appointed to the EPA Science Advisory Board
• How the green movement is reversing energy progress
• Is climate change causing more economic damage?
• Budweiser’s “100% wind powered” lie

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Power Hour: AOC’s climate inquisition, the EV religion, Canada and Germany ponder energy suicide

30 Jan

On this episode, Alex is joined by his colleagues Don Watkins and Steffen Henne to discuss this week’s most important energy stories:

• Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate inquisition
• More German health experts reject the consensus science in air pollution
• The Electric Vehicle religion
• The world will not end in 12 years but the German power grid might end in 20 years
• Will Canada vote for energy abundance or energy suicide?
• EIA annual energy outlook projects US oil and gas abundance until 2040
• Davos elites fly in fossil fueled private jets to discuss banning fossil fuels
• Reports of coal’s death have been greatly exaggerated

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Power Hour: Top economists call for a carbon tax, Tesla struggles, the BlackRock climate hoax, and more

24 Jan

On this episode, Alex is joined by his colleagues Don Watkins and Steffen Henne to discuss this week’s most important energy stories:

• Why the world’s most prestigious economists are wrong about a carbon tax
• Was PG&E the first “climate-change bankruptcy”?
• How wind and solar drive up German electricity prices
• Tesla’s struggle to stay profitable
• The BlackRock climate hoax

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Power Hour: How to evaluate claims about energy, the carbon tax, Wall Street goes green, and more

16 Jan

On this episode, Alex is joined by his colleagues Don Watkins and Steffen Henne to discuss this week’s most important energy stories:

• How to evaluate claims about energy
• Yes, Republicans need a new climate agenda–no, not a carbon tax
• The bad science behind air emissions regulations
• Wall Street goes green
• U.S. CO2 emissions rise–and why that’s good news

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Power Hour: Bill Gates vs. Elon Musk, the Green New Deal, Yellow Vest protests, and more

9 Jan

On this episode, Alex is joined by his colleagues Don Watkins and Steffen Henne to discuss this week’s most important energy stories:

• Why Bill Gates is a much better energy thinker than Elon Musk
• The French “yellow vest” protests
• How to oppose the divestment movement
• Why the Green New Deal will “make America poor again”
• Vox’s advice for reducing your personal carbon emissions: “don’t be rich”

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Power Hour: Dan Sullivan on Human Flourishing

6 Jan

On this episode, Alex interviews Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, about the significance of the human flourishing concept for all human endeavors and a new podcast Alex and Dan will co-host in the near future.

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Power Hour: Dr. Edward Calabrese on the Science of Environmental Danger

22 Nov

On this episode, Alex interviews Dr. Edward Calabrese, professor of toxicology at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, about the linear no-threshold dose-response model, which regulatory agencies use to set pollution standards, and his findings about a more realistic “hormetic” response model that could improve regulatory standards and human health if adapted.

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Power Hour: Dr. Patrick Frank on the Accuracy of Climate Models

8 Sep

On this episode, Alex interviews Dr. Patrick Frank, member of the scientific staff of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource/SLAC at Stanford University, on the physics of the greenhouse effect, analyzing the accuracy of climate models, and the politics and pseudo-science in climate catastrophism.

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Power Hour: John Grizz Deal on Produced Water Handling and Small Scale Nuclear Power

18 Aug

On this episode, Alex interviews John Grizz Deal, Executive Chairman and CEO of IX Power LLC and IX Power Limited, on a new way to clean up naturally contaminated water from deep underground that is a byproduct of drilling for oil and gas. Deal also discusses the prospect of small-scale nuclear power production.

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Power Hour: Ethan Atwood on An Amazing Advocacy Success Story

20 Jul

A couple months ago I spoke to the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and met a very bright industry member, Ethan Atwood, who told me how he and his company had become incredibly effective advocates by using the moral case for fossil fuels.

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Power Hour: Marian Tupy on Human Progress

20 Jul

On this episode, Alex interviews Marian Tupy, Senior Policy Analyst at CATO’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity and editor of HumanProgress.org, about the state of human progress, economic inequality, and some fundamental differences between Europe and America.

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Power Hour: Dr. Denis Rancourt on The True Physics of CO2

11 May

On the latest episode of Power Hour, I interviewed physicist Denis Rancourt, one of the most intelligent scientists I have ever spoken to, about the true physics of CO2.

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Power Hour: Dr. Amesh Adalja on the Threat of Infectious Diseases

19 Apr

On this episode I talk to Dr. Amesh Adalja, infectious disease specialist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, about the nature of infectious diseases, epidemics, and how to master these natural threats both on an individual level and on a societal level.

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Power Hour: Christopher Horner on How Green Activists Manipulate Government

11 Mar

On this episode I talk to Christopher Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Senior Legal Fellow at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, about how green activists have hijacked the EPA and other executive agencies, how government employees are hiding their collaboration with activists groups from public scrutiny via private email accounts, and what Chris and his fellow investigators do to shed some light on these covert operations against the general public.

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Power Hour: Steffen Henne on the Truth About Unreliable Energy Sources

19 Feb

On this episode I talk to Steffen Henne, Head of Research at CIP, about the true percentage of energy production from unreliable wind and solar as well as the misleading ways proponents of “green” energy create success stories about them.

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Power Hour: Travis Fisher on the 100% Renewable Scam

5 Feb

On this episode of Power Hour I talk with Travis Fisher, an economist at the Institute for Energy Research, about the deeply dishonest claims of 100% renewable energy used by companies like Apple, Microsoft, DHL, and others.

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Power Hour: Amanda Maxham on the Virtues of GMOs

28 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour I talk with Dr. Amanda Maxham, Research Associate at the Ayn Rand Institute, about the incredible advances in genetic modification–and why our society is responding to them with fear and coercion rather than enthusiasm and freedom.

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Power Hour: Michael Lynch on Recent Oil Prices

16 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Mike Lynch, President of Strategic Energy & Economic Research, about the recent decline in oil prices.

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Power Hour: Sherry Orton on Obama’s Clean Power Plan

5 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Sherry Orton, Senior analyst at Doyle Trading Consultants, who recently published the report called Clean Power Plan – Surviving a Regulatory Game Changer, about the regulatory pressure the U.S. coal industry faces right now and the challenges of replacing a declining coal-fired generation capacity.

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Power Hour: Dr. David Legates on the Climate Science Establishment

29 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Dr. David Legates, former state climatologist and professor of geography at the University of Delaware, about his personal experience in the field of climate science and its corruption by government grants.

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Power Hour: Dr. Richard Keen on the Truth About Temperature

21 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Dr. Richard Keen, Meteorologist Emeritus at the University of Colorado and an official temperature measurement collector. Ever wonder where the numbers on global temperature graphs come from–and how accurate they are? Dr. Keen gives you an insider’s view.

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Power Hour: Pat Michaels on our Lukewarming Climate

14 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk to Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute and author of the recently published book Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, about his book and the history of global warming politics and science.

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Power Hour: How to Talk to Anyone About Energy

10 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, I introduce the first part of my brand-new educational course, called How to Talk to Anyone About Energy. It gives you the tools to be far more persuasive when talking to friends, family, and coworkers about energy and environmental issues. In fact, many who have taken the course say that they are now more effective talking about any topic they are passionate about.

The full course consists of 6 modules with a total of 90 minutes of video and additional bonus material, including a talking points database and is available for $75.

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Power Hour: Craig and Sherwood Idso on the Failures of Climate Predictions

1 Dec

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk with Dr. Craig Idso, Chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and his father, Dr. Sherwood Idso, President of the Center, about their recent report on the performance of climate models.

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Power Hour: Jeffrey McClure on “Socially Responsible Investments”

27 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk with Jeff McClure, founder and CEO of Freedom Capital Investment Management, about investment movements that label themselves as socially responsible but are anti-capitalist and anti-productivity.

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Power Hour: Understanding Climate Models with Christopher Essex

18 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, I talk with Christopher Essex, Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at The University of Western Ontario, about what climate models are and how they work.

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Power Hour: James Rust on the History of Opposition to Nuclear Power and Fossil Fuels

10 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Dr. James Rust, a long-time nuclear engineering professor who experienced firsthand the Green movement’s assault on nuclear power and subsequent assault on fossil fuels.

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Power Hour: Steve Hayward on All Things Energy

2 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, “polymath” Steve Hayward and I have a free-flowing discussing of the global energy landscape, from Russian gas to US solar.

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Power Hour: Marc Morano on Threats to Energy Freedom

26 Oct

On this episode of Power Hour I interview journalist Marc Morano about threats to energy freedom including the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris. Marc offers some interested thoughts including the scary thought that our biggest hope for an energy freedom at the upcoming conference will be…China.

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Power Hour: Jude Clemente on Energy Poverty and America’s Energy Opportunity

19 Oct

On this week’s episode of Power Hour I talk with energy expert Jude Clemente about the extent of energy poverty around the world, including in the US. We also discuss how with the right energy policy we can make everyone around the world more prosperous.

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Power Hour: Judith Curry on The State Of Climate Science

13 Oct

Power Hour: Judith Curry on The State Of Climate Science

On this week’s Power Hour, climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry, Professor and former Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and proprietor of the blog Climate Etc., joins me to discuss how she went from being a mainstream climate scientist to one of the most controversial figures in the field–and what her experience tells us about the state of the climate science profession today. Also, we discuss the recent attempt to use anti-mafia laws to prosecute “climate deniers.”

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Power Hour: Alex Epstein at Wellesley College on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

5 Oct

Power Hour: Alex Epstein at Wellesley College on The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

On September 17, I spoke to a packed room of students at Wellesley College about The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and answered questions for over an hour.

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Power Hour: Pierre Desrochers on “The Bet”

29 Sep

On the latest episode of Power Hour I talk with Pierre Desrochers about the 25th anniversary of the momentous bet between resource theorists Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon.

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Power Hour: Dr. Patrick Moore on a Rational, Pro-Human Approach to Ecology

22 Sep

On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Patrick Moore, ecologist and a co-founder (and defector) of Greenpeace about how the science of ecology has been corrupted over the decades, and how it can be fixed.

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Power Hour: Kirk Sorensen on The Nuclear Opportunity

15 Sep

On this week’s Power Hour I discuss the potential of nuclear power with thorium advocate and founder of Flibe Energy, Kirk Sorenson.

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Power Hour: Brendan O’Neill on Humanism vs. Anti-Humanism

9 Sep

On this episode of Power Hour I’m joined by Brendan O’Neill, editor of spiked-online.com and author of A Duty to Offend, to discuss the difference between the humanist view of nature and the anti-humanist view of nature.

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Power Hour: Steve Milloy on the Science and Policy of Emissions

1 Sep

On this episode of Power Hour, Steve Milloy, publisher of junkscience.com, discusses emissions, the EPA, and how junk science corrupts much of our government’s environmental policy.

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Power Hour: Mark Mills on America’s Energy Opportunities

26 Aug

On this episode of Power Hour, Mark Mills joins Alex to discuss the amazing opportunities America has in energy and beyond–if only the government will liberate us to pursue them.

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Power Hour: Rod Adams on Nuclear Policy

19 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Alex is joined by Rod Adams, Publisher of Atomic Insights, to discuss the past, present, and future of nuclear policy.

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Power Hour: Oren Cass on America’s Energy Opportunities

13 Aug

On this week’s Power Hour, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Oren Cass talks to Alex about his new paper “Step on the Gas! How to Extend America’s Energy Advantage.”

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Power Hour: Robert Zubrin on the Future of Human Progress: Aquaculture, Mariculture, and Genetic Engineering

6 Aug

On this episode I talk to Robert Zubrin, author of Merchants of Despair and president of The Mars Society, about Aquaculture, Mariculture, Genetic Engineering and the role of anti-humanism in slowing down progress to human life.
This is one of my favorite episodes ever. Among other things, it totally changed my view of the ocean.

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Power Hour: Michael Shellenberger on a New Approach to Environmental Issues

5 Aug

On this episode I talk to Michael Shellenberger, President and co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute and co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto, about a rational approach to rational approach to environmental issues.

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Bonus Power Hour: Reframing the Energy Debate

23 Jul

After recording Power Hour, Alex Epstein and Gowan Joslin discussed new ways to reframe the debate.

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Power Hour: Gowan Joslin on Fossil Fuels and Datacenters

23 Jul

On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Gowan Joslin, who works in the datacenter industry, about how The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels impacted his thinking about energy and development.

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Power Hour: Colette McLean on Living with Wind Turbines

8 Jul

On this episode of Power Hour I talk to Colette McLean, a resident of Ontario, who shares what life is like living around wind turbines 24 hours a day.

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Power Hour: Alex Khachatryan on Math Education Part 2

22 Jun

This is the second part of a two-part series. Alex Epstein talks to Dr. Alexander Khachatryan, President and CEO of Reasoning Mind, a computer-based teaching program for math education, about Reasoning Mind’s scalable approach to teaching a deeper understanding of a crucial skill.

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Power Hour: Alex Khachatryan on Math Education

9 Jun

In this first part of a two-part series Alex Epstein talks to Dr. Alexander Khachatryan, President and CEO of Reasoning Mind, a computer-based teaching program for math education, about Reasoning Mind’s scalable approach to teaching a deeper understanding of a crucial skill.

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Power Hour: Michael Lynch on the Economics of Oil Prices

5 Mar

On this episode of Power Hour Alex Epstein talks with Michael Lynch, President and Director of Global Petroleum Service at Strategic Energy & Economic Research Inc. (SEER), about the recent oil price drop and the underlying economics.

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Power Hour: Rod Adams on The Secret History of Nuclear Power

14 Jan

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein talks with Rod Adams, publisher of Atomic Insights, about nuclear power and how the build time as well as the cost for new reactors have been increased by irrational fear of it.

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Power Hour Live: The Crisis in Energy Education and How We Can Fix It

4 Nov

On this episode of Power Hour, Alex Epstein debuts “Power Hour Live,” and leads a discussion on what to do about the educational system, which is saturated with environmentalist propaganda and teaches none of the positives about fossil fuels.

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Power Surge: Pipelines, EPA Scare Stories, NATURAL Gas in Groundwater, Ocean Not-Acidification, Yucca Mountain Nuclear Recycling Facility

20 Oct

In this episode Alex and Steffen cover these news stories:

  • The Canadian Energy East pipeline is in the crosshairs of environmentalists.
  • EPA head Gina McCarthy puts out a scare story about how climate change will give children asthma.
  • A recent study in New York State to establish baseline water quality confirmed once more that methane contamination is mostly natural and unrelated to gas drilling.
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is giving out more leases for offshore oil & gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Government Accountability Office says more needs to be done on “ocean acidification.”
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility meets its safety standards for a million years.

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Power Surge: Lightning Edition

18 Oct

On this lightning edition episode Alex and Steffen cover the following news stories:

  • Lockheed’s Skunk Works is working on a compact fusion reactor, promising a prototype in 5 years.
  • A new study on fracking impacts reveals that drilling into the ground creates seismic activity but in the case of fracking this activity cannot be felt by humans.
  • 350.org is pitting “climate warriors” in stone age canoes against coal ships to sabotage modern energy.
  • Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann has a new presentation about the performance and state of climate science.
  • California is close to finalizing SB4 with additional rules for in state fracking operations.
  • Swedish energy giant Vattenfall, which runs major operations in Germany, seeks $6 billion in compensations for the post Fukushima shut down of nuclear power.
  • Many environmentalists have embraced more natural gas and horizontal drilling as a viable alternative, but only for as long as it has not been cheap and abundant, which caused them to change their minds and take the exact opposite stance.
  • The IEA says will Africa to experience a renewable boom.
  • The President continues to deride political opponents via his official media outlets using the smear term “climate change deniers.”
  • Whole Foods is implementing a new food labeling system which focuses on environmental buzz words.

As a bonus, Alex and Steffen have a conversation about Shell building an allegedly “renewable” energy solution for a soccer pitch in the Brazilian favela Morro da Mineira, which uses tiles beneath the playing field’s surface that can absorb the kinetic energy of the players.

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Power Surge: Pentagon Supporting the Climate Catastrophe Dogma, Painting by Numbers Accounting Makes Onshore Wind Look Cheaper Than Coal

15 Oct

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about a recent report by the Pentagon that implies changes in climate pose an unprecedented challenge for the military, and another report by the EU, which declares onshore wind cheaper than all other sources of energy by adding fictional values for health and climate damage cost to fossil fuel sources.

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Power Surge: Keystone XL Permission Delay Increases Cost, UK Prepares for Winter with Green Energy on the Grid, Upcoming Anti-Civilization March

16 Sep

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about the Keystone XL pipeline project, which will see significant cost increases because of the US government’s permission delay, how the British plan to keep the lights on during Winter with less practical and more green energy on the grid by temporarily shutting down industrial consumers, and the “People’s Climate March” on September 21st in NY, which CIP’s Alex Epstein and Eric Dennis will attend.

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Power Surge: Climate Forecasting in the Rearview Mirror and Not-So-Simple Physics

15 Sep

On this episode Alex and Steffen talk about a recent press release by the National Center for Atmospheric Research that claims current model tools could have predicted the recent “pause” in global warming, and a new paper discussing the diverse and complex changes in wetting and drying over land on earth, which according to climate alarmists is “simple physics” of “wet gets wetter, dry gets drier.” In reality, this is the “simple dogma” of “anything man impacts must be made worse.”

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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.