The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • by Alex Epstein
  • Narrated by Alex Epstein
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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One of the most important ideas of our time

I feel that the ideas represented in this book represent one of the most important set of ideas both of our current times, and for our future.

We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard, and be sure to only support things because we have a firm understanding of their consequences; both from a practical and a moral point of view. In order to honestly judge the latter, we need to be sure that we clearly understand the standard of value with which these moral judgments are made.

We need to make sure that we look at the consequences of an action on all groups not just one group, and that we look at both the short term and the long term consequences, i.e. we need to make sure that we look at the 'big picture'.

We need to be clear that our standard of value is not human nonintervention. We need to be clear that our standard of value is human life.

At the end of his work, the author summed up his 'moral case for fossil fuels' as follows:

"Mankind's use of fossil fuels is supremely virtuous, because human life is the standard of value, and because using fossil fuels transforms our environment to make it wonderful for human life."
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- Todd

The next Industrial Revolution begins here

Alex Epstein eloquently defends life giving industry in this succinct exploration of of the morality of fossil fuels. He thoroughly exposes the limits of faddish alternative energy while showing exactly why a society that is based on pristine nature ideology is doomed to fail.

If you love human ingenuity and relish human life, this is a must read.
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- Paul Lemke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio