The Future of Fossil Fuels with Alex Epstein

December 21, 2023 – For our third must-listen interview and replay from this year, we present to you a thought-provoking and non-politically correct discussion with Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) on his book Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less. The book came out in May 2022 and has continued to dominate as a #1 best seller. As many of you know, due to the foundational role that fossil fuels play in our modern economy, we at Financial Sense Newshour have long expressed quite a bit of skepticism on the ability to implement a rapid energy transition. This was something Peter Zeihan also mentioned in our interview with him earlier this week and, today, we will dive into this topic in much greater depth. Again, we consider this a must-read book and highly recommend all of our listeners pick up a copy! See Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less

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What does the future hold? In Fossil Future, Epstein, applying his distinctive “human flourishing framework” to the latest evidence, comes to the shocking conclusion that the benefits of fossil fuels will continue to far outweigh their side effects—including climate impacts—for generations to come. The path to global human flourishing, Epstein argues, is a combination of using more fossil fuels, getting better at “climate mastery,” and establishing “energy freedom” policies that allow nuclear and other truly promising alternatives to reach their full long-term potential.

Today’s pervasive claims of imminent climate catastrophe and imminent renewable energy dominance, Epstein shows, are based on what he calls the “anti-impact framework”—a set of faulty methods, false assumptions, and anti-human values that have caused the media’s designated experts to make wildly wrong predictions about fossil fuels, climate, and renewables for the last fifty years. Deeply researched and wide-ranging, this book will cause you to rethink everything you thought you knew about the future of our energy use, our environment, and our climate.

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