We have all heard our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying the planet and our very health. However, by many measures of well-being life across the planet has been getting better including poverty rates, mortality rates, life expectancy, etc. With all the naysayers predicting peak oil, rising oceans, super storms, new ice ages oddly coupled with rising temperatures, are fossil fuels truly to blame, or are they the answer?
They are actually the answer says Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress. In his new book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” he explains that because fossil fuels are easy to mine, refine, and export, they are truly the answer to the dilemma of clean energy.
He goes onto explain that renewable options like solar and wind are actually worse for the environment and only provide 2% of the world’s energy. “For something to be cheap and plentiful, every part that goes into producing it must also be cheap and plentiful. Yes, the sun is free. Yes, the wind is free. But the process of turning sunlight and wind into usable energy is far from free.”
He goes on to compare it to fossil fuel, nuclear, and hydro electric power and proves how much more expensive it is. He calls it he Diluteness Problem” and the “Intermittentcy Problem.” He even describes in detail the concept of energy poverty caused by renewable fuels using Germany as an example.
Watch him explain in the video below:
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