Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less

Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less

by Alex Epstein
Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less

Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas--Not Less

by Alex Epstein

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels draws on the latest data and new insights to challenge everything you thought you knew about the future of energy

For over a decade, philosopher and energy expert Alex Epstein has predicted that any negative impacts of fossil fuel use on our climate will be outweighed by the unique benefits of fossil fuels to human flourishing—including their unrivaled ability to provide low-cost, reliable energy to billions of people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

And contrary to what we hear from media “experts” about today’s “renewable revolution” and “climate emergency,” reality has proven Epstein right:
  • Fact: Fossil fuels are still the dominant source of energy around the world, and growing fast—while much-hyped renewables are causing skyrocketing electricity prices and increased blackouts.
  • Fact: Fossil-fueled development has brought global poverty to an all-time low.
  • Fact: While fossil fuels have contributed to the 1 degree of warming in the last 170 years, climate-related deaths are at all-time lows thanks to fossil-fueled development.

  • 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.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780593420416
    Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    Publication date: 05/24/2022
    Pages: 480
    Sales rank: 56,180
    Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

    About the Author

    Alex Epstein is an energy expert and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, which offers a positive, pro-human alternative to the green movement. His New York Times bestselling book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, has been widely praised as the most persuasive argument ever made for our continuing use of fossil fuels, winning Epstein the “Most Original Thinker of 2014” award from The McLaughlin Group.

    Table of Contents

    To Readers of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels vii

    Part 1 Framework

    1 Ignoring Benefits 3

    2 Catastrophizing Side-Effects 42

    3 The Anti-Impact Framework 74

    Part 2 Benefits

    4 Our Unnaturally Livable Fossil-Fueled World 109

    5 The Unique and Expanding Cost-Effectiveness of Fossil Fuels 174

    6 Alternatives: Distortions versus Reality 202

    Part 3 Climate Side-Effects

    7 The Enormous Power of Fossil-Fueled Climate Mastery 247

    8 The Problem of Systemic Climate Distortion 290

    9 Rising CO2 Levels: The Full Context 319

    Part 4 A Flourishing Fossil Future

    10 Maximizing Flourishing Through Energy Freedom 357

    11 Reframing the Conversation and Arguing to 100 393

    Acknowledgments 431

    Notes 433

    Index 457

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