Keynote Session

Alex EpsteinThe Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

All three conferences will start with two joint keynote sessions: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” by Alex Epstein followed by an expert panel to discuss how net zero energy will affect natural gas on the various local, state and national policies.

Alex founded the Center for Industrial Progress to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is anti-pollution but pro-development.

For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better.  How can this be?

In The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex argues that we usually hear only one side of the story. We’re taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives—their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. And the moral significance of cheap, reliable energy, Epstein argues, is woefully underrated. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental.

If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the overall impact of using fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place. We are morally obligated to use more fossil fuels for the sake of our economy and our environment.