Case for Fossil Fuels / Abundance & the Divine Council
Energy expert Alex Epstein is pushing for a positive, pro-human alternative to the green movement. In the first half, he contended that contrary to what we hear about the "renewable revolution," reality has proven fossil fuels are still the dominant source of energy worldwide and growing fast-- while renewables are causing skyrocketing electricity prices and increased blackouts. Though he concedes that humans' impact on the planet (including the use of fossil fuels) can affect climate, he doesn't expect that this will be catastrophic. Oil, in particular, has a unique density that allows it to produce a lot of energy in a small amount of mass, which is why it's so practical for things like agricultural machinery, planes, and cargo ships, he pointed out. While natural gas is very lightweight and clean, and works well for residential heating.
"We are shutting down reliable power plants-- namely natural gas, coal, and nuclear on the false hope that some amount of solar and wind can really replace it," he remarked. Solar and wind are not dependable as they aren't controllable, and at any given time can be depleted, and their energy is expensive to store, he suggested. We should be using more, not less fossil fuel, as it's crucial to human flourishing, and it's indispensably needed around the world, Epstein continued. Fossil fuel is the only thing that has been able to scale to billions of people in thousands of places, he added. For more on this viewpoint, visit his site energytalkingpoints.com.
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