Podcast #163: Alex Epstein on How Coal and Oil Improve Our Lives

 Posted by on 13 September 2012 at 8:00 am  Podcasts
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On Wednesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed energy policy expert Alex Epstein about “How Coal and Oil Improve Our Lives.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 12 September 2012

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.

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  • The nature of work, energy, and power
  • The purpose of the energy industry
  • The history of the energy industry and its benefits
  • The moral evaluation of the energy industry
  • How to think about “the environment”
  • Pollution versus rights
  • The power of morality in thinking about environmental concerns
  • Natural versus unnatural
  • The law of pollution, including respecting context
  • Why the energy industry doesn’t defend itself – and how it should defend itself
  • How the US should have dealt with nationalization of oil wells in foreign countries
  • About CIP, including the upcoming debate and how to support CIP


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    “Power” lifting is not a good illustration of power . It’s an issue of force times distance . How fast you can raise a weight is power : ( force multiplied by distance ) divided by time .

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