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Book review: Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

It’s time to stop the guilt trips over oil

Perhaps you missed author Alex Epstein at Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s 50th anniversary lunch last month. Here’s your chance to get caught up.MORAL  CASE FOR FOSSIL FUELS

As Peter Thiel (yes him) said, there are more politicians in climate science than actual scientists. Add to that self-made environmental celebrities — people like Bill McKibbins, who famously said in 1989 that “a few more decades of ungoverned fossil fuel use, and we burn up, to put it bluntly.”

Then mix in the diehards of the far left who have sought a righteous cause since communism let them down in the 1970s, and you’ve got nothing but shouting; climate doubters, dissenters, and rationalists will be burned at the stake.

In The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Epstein argues that while 87 percent of the energy used by humans comes from burning fossil fuels, mankind has never been better off. Contrary to the predictions of imminent climate catastrophe that have been preached as gospel since the first Earth Day, life expectancy has increased dramatically across the globe, malnutrition has plummeted, and standards of living have increased in most countries — and all this with a doubling of our use of fossil fuels.

It’s a compelling argument. Epstein makes the case that is perhaps the most politically incorrect of our time — that our use of fossil fuels is a moral choice favoring longer and more fulfilling lives. And he points out that if we’d slashed our fossil fuel consumption as proposed as far back as the 1970s, that would have actually led to death and suffering.

You can read the book’s first chapter for free, and order the book here.  You’ll want to, just to pass it along to your friends who have put that solar panel (made of oil-based plastics) on top of their Subaru to prove they’ve done their part to save the planet.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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