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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 8: Climate Policy with Patrick Michaels

1 Sep

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Climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels discusses climate policy

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 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 1: Power Hungry with Robert Bryce

1 Feb

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