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For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be?
The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives - their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. And the moral significance of cheap, reliable energy is woefully underrated. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental.
If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the overall impact of using fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place. We are morally obligated to use more fossil fuels for the sake of our economy and our environment.
©2014 Alexander J. Epstein (P)2015 Tantor
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"If you want to see the power of fine logic, fine writing, and fine research, read Epstein's book." (Patrick J. Michaels, director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Ryan E. on 08-20-16

Challenging the Status Quo

While Epstein doe a good job arguing for the potential benefits of continuing to use fossil fuels, his data is cherry picked and researching any of the "wrong modes" leads to evidence that is completely contradictory. I encourage readers/listeners to watch the debate he mentions in Chapter 9. When his ideas are contrasted with mainstream , the truth is more discernible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SLCG on 03-30-17


A new perspective on fossil fuels. As we enjoy a safe environment with clean water, easily available medicine, AC and so many other conveniences we fail to appreciate the role of abundant energy in all this. Making me think about so many in this world with less and having them at the center of my thinking has changed my mind about fossil fuel use. The author makes a great, factually supported case for a clean environment and fossil fuel use.

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