• Fossil Future

  • Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas—Not Less
  • By: Alex Epstein
  • Narrated by: Alex Epstein
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (331 ratings)

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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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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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Unvarnished truth in a sea of lies

Highly recommended for anyone looking for straight, uncompromising truth about energy, the environment, and human flourishing. This book cuts no corners and pulls no punches, and the results are self-evident. If you are seeking an alternative voice to the constant stream of politically correct and impossibly convenient ESG claims that only prop up globalist agendas at the expense of individuals, this is the book for you.

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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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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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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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Lack of information

I’d wanted to see “the other side of the story” with this book. However, 80% of this book was just repeating the same sentences in many different ways, without telling us anything that we hadn’t heard about. Vast disappointment and waste of my time.

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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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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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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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A must for anyone concerned about the environment

Very éloquente presentation on how we must redirect the conversation. And how honest and truth are only their for the advantaged of human life. Human flourishing should be the main topic of the conversation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-22

Read this book

Everyone should read this book. Especially anyone persuaded by the Green agenda, there is another side to the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-29-22

All politicians need to listen to this book

A cogent well researched rebuttal to the environmental catastrophe all governments are peddling. Thought provoking and necessary to avert a catastrophe of our own making.

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  • Matthew
  • 06-18-22

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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  • Alejandro Durán
  • 06-08-22

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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  • Alexander Goodman
  • 05-29-22

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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  • Andris Racko
  • 08-12-22

👍👍👍 Thank YOU ALEX, for the great job!

It is amaizing book, so clearly explaned how and why thinks in the world have gone so wrong lately. And moast important, why we shud fight for fosil fuel. 🙏

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  • Alan Michael Forrester
  • 05-28-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

Unbearably Dreadful Narrator

Sounds like the narrator is dying and I kept thinking if he was going to be able to finish the book.
I’m a fossil fuel endorser knowing the environmental impacts. And this book lost me when it said human activities impact is making everything better. Ignoring the mass extinction of insects due to man made chemicals etc.
The book is also very repetitive, it should really been a 4 hour book..
Some interesting points/proof presented about the current catastrophising culture which I recommend reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-22

Fossil fuels have been great for humanity.

Excellent book. Epstein convincingly tackles the one-sided perspective that dominates the anti fossil fuel orthodoxy. He explains clearly how fossil fuel has been central to human flourishing and progress. These benefits need to be remembered when considering eliminating fossil fuels from use. Removing their use without a equivalent substitute will be harmful and is anti-human.
Open-minded people will enjoy this book.

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  • Bowz
  • 08-08-22

Most important book of its time

Very well structured book which lays out all of its arguments clearly and succinctly. Once you see the “anti impact framework” which current debates centre on pulled apart with Alex’s “human flourishing framework”, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the importance of fossil fuels and better understand how catastrophic elimination plans are.

It’s the only book I’m recommending to people. Everyone needs to read it.

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  • Ed
  • 08-06-22

Make sure you get to the end

This is a must read and will change the way you think about climate. Reframing is the way. Loved it.

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  • Cam Liston
  • 07-29-22

A Brilliant Treatise

One of the most important books I have ever listened to. Helped to clarify my jumbled thoughts on fossil fuels, nuclear and unreliables. A MUST LISTEN!

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  • Gtm
  • 07-16-22

A dis-service to his cause

I see where he is coming from, but by the time you get to the end you realise is it is really a series of half-truths and cherry picked examples wrapped in an over arching conspiracy. the fact that he needs to structure his argument in complete black
& white binary terms gives the lie to his oft-proffesed objectivity. I thought it would bring something new to the table. not the case.

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  • JEROME GILL
  • 05-31-22

harbinger for a century of human flourishing

fingers crossed the following generations get to Live Better Lives than we did, a fossil fuel powered second Renaissance

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-30-22

A real game changer

Alex is clear, concise & thoroughly understands the subject of energy. Even people who disagree with him will learn something from this book.