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New York Times best-selling author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels draws on the latest data and new insights to challenge everything you thought you knew about the future of energy.

For over a decade, philosopher and energy expert Alex Epstein has predicted that any negative impacts of fossil fuel use on our climate will be outweighed by the unique benefits of fossil fuels to human flourishing—including their unrivaled ability to provide low-cost, reliable energy to billions of people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

And contrary to what we hear from media “experts” about today’s “renewable revolution” and “climate emergency”, reality has proven Epstein right:

  • Fact: Fossil fuels are still the dominant source of energy around the world, and growing fast—while much-hyped renewables are causing skyrocketing electricity prices and increased blackouts.
  • Fact: Fossil-fueled development has brought global poverty to an all-time low.
  • Fact: While fossil fuels have contributed to the one degree of warming in the last 170 years, climate-related deaths are at all-time lows, thanks to fossil-fueled development.

What does the future hold? In Fossil Future, Epstein, applying his distinctive “human flourishing framework” to the latest evidence, comes to the shocking conclusion that the benefits of fossil fuels will continue to far outweigh their side effects—including climate impacts—for generations to come. The path to global human flourishing, Epstein argues, is a combination of using more fossil fuels, getting better at “climate mastery”, and establishing “energy freedom” policies that allow nuclear and other truly promising alternatives to reach their full long-term potential.

Today’s pervasive claims of imminent climate catastrophe and imminent renewable energy dominance, Epstein shows, are based on what he calls the “anti-impact framework”—a set of faulty methods, false assumptions, and anti-human values that have caused the media’s designated experts to make wildly wrong predictions about fossil fuels, climate, and renewables for the last 50 years. Deeply researched and wide-ranging, this book will cause you to rethink everything you thought you knew about the future of our energy use, our environment, and our climate.

©2022 Alex Epstein (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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mind-blowing

This should be the mainstream narrative. it shows the UN , World Bank, and other bodies to be cruel and corrupt.
I wish every climate alarmist had a copy.

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A masterpiece in argumentation

This book is an objective presentation of the value of energy sources based on the standard of human flourishing.

The great value of the book is that it leads you through well-paced arguments which follow from previous conclusion. After reading this I have the sense that Epstein respects my thought-process since he does not go for the easy path by first choosing that fossil fuels are the best and then arguing for them, but rather he lays the framework that lead him to that conclusion.

I regards to content I found his explanation of the “knowledge system” as compelling and quite interesting to understand why there is a disparity between what scientists conclude and what the media says. In addition I think that his vision for the future is extremely exciting and I wish that the book is a big step forward to this ideal.

It is a great book if you like thought-provoking themes and if you like to tackle conventional themes from an unconventional point of view.

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A powerful look at Fossil Fuels and alternatives in there full context.

This book is essential reading for anybody concerned about energy, Fossil Fuels, and the planet. An airtight argument goes over the whole issue of energy from a human flourishing point of view and points out the distortions committed by our destructive anti-impact knowledge system. This book could not better better timed to show the tip of the destructive effects in are global current cost of living crisis.

A must read.

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Fossil future

In this book Alex Epstein explains how to assess energy issues and why fossil fuels are good, He explains that most people assess energy by assuming human impact on the environment is bad, but since people survive by changing the environment to make it more liveable this is a death sentence. You have to compare the positives and negatives of all the forms of energy under consideration. Fossil fuels win because they are cheap, reliable and can be used for many applications for which all of its competitors are worse such as industrial heat.

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  • 04-06-22

An optimistic, realistic assessment, clearly argued

Alex Epstein argues that global warming is happening and that increasing GHG emissions is a real thing. But, using a full context of humanist philosophy and a focus on fact after relevant fact, he is convincing that we should look forward to this — because of the great values we derive from fossil fuels and because of the limitless mastery of climate provided by wise and increasing use of fossil fuels. This is a desperately needed antidote to the unfounded and narrow climate alarmism affecting our society. It deserves to be widely read.

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  • Kevin
  • 14-06-22

Strongly Recommend

If you’re a fan of Mr Epstein’s previous work, “The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels”, the beginning third of this book may feel somewhat repetitive as he recaps the many benefits that fossil fuel use has bestowed on humanity, the prime focus of his first book.

The back two-thirds are where the meat of Fossil Future are truly found. Mr Epstein presents the rosiest and most bulletproof version(often referred to as steel-manning, the rhetorical opposite of straw-manning)of the arguments used by fossil fuel’s opponents and climate catastrophizers to persuade us to limit fossil fuel use and invest in poor intermittent substitutes such as solar and wind. He then methodically peels away the layers of bad assumptions, compromised interpretations of climate data, and in some cases, downright falsehoods told by opponents of fossil fuels.

After finishing the book, I feel better equipped by the tools the author provides to re-frame the value discussion from an anti-human impact framework to a pro human flourishing framework. I hope to have more thoughtful conversations about fossil fuels with the people in my life that may oppose them, but with the goal not to win the argument in a rhetorical sense, but rather to happily welcome them into the tribe that values human flourishing, development and progress in impoverished countries, and ultimately a better, more livable world for our children.

Strongly Recommend.

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  • mike
  • 11-06-22

Civilization cannot exist without cost-effective energy

Alex provides an important lesson to those who value human life and happiness. Which Cannot be achieved without an abundance of energy. This book is a must read!

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  • Marcelo
  • 03-06-22

Very good and well structured book

The denial of the benefits of fossil fuel. The denial of positive externalities of fossil fuels. The denial of the climate impact mitigation allowed by fossil fuels.
These are obvious denials and hard to explain. According to Epstein the reason is the anti impact framework adopted by our knowledge system and their designated experts as opposed to the human flourishing framework he proposes.

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  • Joshua
  • 29-05-22

comprehensive and illuminating

I found this book to be both comprehensive and illuminating. I appreciate the focus on both the costs and benefits of each form of energy and the focus on the broader goal of promoting human flourishing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-22

Grateful

Grateful this is exhaustive in covering the topic of Fossil Fuel as it covers every "but what about..." you will have.
Grateful to be embarrassed at seeing how blind I was to many obvious truths (warning, you may also feel you've been gullible)
Grateful and surprised that this is such a beautiful book about love of humanity
and grateful for the huge feeling of gratitude I now have for Fossil Fuel. Gratitude is a very healthy feeling to have, and this book has me feeling incredibly grateful for the life I live

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  • Aegon Targaryen V
  • 15-06-22

buy and read as fast as possible

we're being fed lies about the state of the climate and what the future likely holds. this book starts to open us up to the truth. an absolute must read

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  • Kevin
  • 12-06-22

Best Book I’ve Listened To

I consider myself fairly informed on the climate change & related policy debate, but I was still taken about by how succinct, thorough, honest, and data-driven he was able to be with his moral case. An absolute masterpiece.

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  • Ernie F.
  • 28-06-22

everyone should read this book

excellent book. Analysis from all angles including how to make the argument for sticking with fossil fuels and nuclear into the foreseeable future. Very well done!

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  • Monica B Wooden
  • 27-06-22

A much better framework for energy considerations

This is a great book for all. There is no climate denial here but a more holistic look. You know how you hear something on both sides that’s radical and the truth is typically in the middle? This framework gets to the middle, truth.