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 flourishingincluding 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:
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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)|
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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