Alex Epstein on How Coal and Oil Improve Our Lives
Radio Interview: 12 September 2012
I interviewed Alex Epstein on "How Coal and Oil Improve Our Lives" on 12 September 2012. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Does the energy industry – particularly coal and oil – harm humans and destroy the environment? Are they necessary evils? Or are they positive goods?
Alex Epstein is an expert in energy and industrial policy. He is the founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress. His writings on energy and energy policy have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor's Business Daily, and dozens of other prominent publications. His monthly podcast, "Power Hour," features discussions with leading energy thinkers.
Note: My apologies for the unequal audio volume. I was on the road, and that sometimes doesn't work out as well as I'd like!
- Duration: 1:03:15
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
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