- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; First Edition edition (November 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781591847441
- ISBN-13: 978-1591847441
- ASIN: 1591847443
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 441 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Alex Epstein started the Center for Industrial Progress to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is antipollution but prodevelopment. A popular speaker on college campuses, he has publicly debated leading environmentalists. He lives in Orange County, California.
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The book's a bit repetitive, but worth reading.
In short, not only a great book to answer your questions about global warming hysteria and the energy problems we face but also a book that helps you learn how to see the world around you and how you think about it in a different and more intelligent way.
Fossil fuels power 87% of the world. The past 20 years has seen billions of people lifted out of crippling poverty. Lifted by the introduction of electricity and machines powered by fossil fuels.
This is an overwhelmingly positive value to human life. What about the negatives of fossil fuel use? What about the forecasts of catastrophic climate change? Or the immediate real threat of pollution directly harming people?
The author isn't blind to the very real risks and concerns with finding and using fossil fuels. But, unlike you'll hear from almost any other source, he puts these risks into the context of the overwhelming benefit fossil fuel provides to humans. And the proven ability fossil fuel gives us to minimize these risks as technology progresses. And calls BS on the biases and prejudices underlying the motivations of the thought leaders of the anti-fossil fuel movement.
It's an interesting read and a compelling case for a position diametrically opposed to just about everything else out there.
Read it and judge for yourself.