For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels
is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet
at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life
expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting
better and better.
Alex Epstein started the Center for Industrial Progress to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is antipollution but prodevelopment. A popular speaker on college campuses, he has publicly debated leading environmentalists. He lives in Orange County, California.
"With more politicians in climate science than scientists, the
refining fire of debate has devolved into the burning of heretics.
Alex Epstein's The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels may make your
blood boil, but his cool reason and cold, hard facts will lead us
beyond hysterics to a much better future."
-PETER THIEL, technology entrepreneur and investor
"If you want to see the power of fine logic, fine writing, and fine research, read Epstein's book. In my long career, it is simply the best popular-market book about climate, environmental policy, and energy that I have read. Laymen and experts alike will be boggled by Epstein's clarity."
-PATRICK J. MICHAELS, director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute
"Alex Epstein has written an eloquent and powerful argument for using fossil fuels on moral grounds alone. A remarkable book."
-MATT RIDLEY, author of The Rational Optimist
"In this brave book, Alex Epstein provides a clear, full-throated response to the catastrophists who want us to replace nearly all of our existing energy systems with expensive, incurably intermittent sources like wind and solar. We need more people like Alex who are willing to make the case for hydrocarbons. As Alex shows, those fuels are allowing billions of people to live fuller, freer, healthier lives."
-ROBERT BRYCE, author of Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper