Energy Election Thoughts

By Alex Epstein


Thought on the election: the need for a pro-reality, pro-science defense of fossil fuels

As I write this the outcome of the national elections is still uncertain–and it may remain uncertain for days or weeks to come.

However, there is one strong lesson I think we can take in the realm of energy.

That lesson is: there is a big, receptive audience for a defense of fossil fuels that is pro-reality, pro-science, and pro-human.

Observe that when President Trump finally made energy an issue, championing fossil fuels in general and fracking in particular, former Vice President Biden was on the defensive. And Trump surely won many votes from industrial workers who know firsthand how valuable fossil fuels are and how implausible it is that they can be replaced by renewables aka “unreliables.”

On the other hand, observe how much of the opposition to Trump, including from many freedom-oriented people, is due to their evaluation that he is anti-reality and anti-science.

A case where Trump came across this way was when the topic of climate came up in the debates, and instead of addressing the issue head-on he would give evasive responses like “I want crystal clear water and air.”

As long as advocates of fossil fuels (and of freedom) are seen as in any way anti-reality or anti-science, we will be unable to reach a very large percentage of Americans.

That’s why we need to come across unmistakably as pro-reality and pro-science. We are the ones who look at the facts, and all the facts. We don’t distort the facts, like climate catastrophists do. We don’t deny humanity’s amazing ability to master climate.

We are pro-reality, pro-science, and pro-human. And when one looks at fossil fuels from that perspective, the moral case for fossil fuels is undeniable.

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