You’ve heard that our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying our planet and our lives. Yet by every measure of human well-being life has been getting better and better. This book explains why humanity’s use of fossil fuels is actually a healthy, moral choice.

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“With more politicians in climate science than scientists, the refining fire of debate has devolved into the burning of heretics. Alex Epstein’s The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels may make your blood boil, but his cool reason and cold, hard facts will lead us beyond hysterics to a much better future.”

—PETER THIEL, technology entrepreneur and investor

“This is the most objective and understandable book written to date on the cost and benefits of fossil fuels as measured by human flourishing. Anyone who is seriously interested in the Climate Change debate should read The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels.”

—JOHN ALLISON, Former Chairman and CEO, BB&T

“Alex Epstein has written an eloquent and powerful argument for using fossil fuels on moral grounds alone. A remarkable book.”

—MATT RIDLEY, author of The Rational Optimist
“If you want to see the power of fine logic, fine writing, and fine research, read Epstein’s book. In my long career, it is simply the best popular-market book about climate, environmental policy, and energy that I have read. Laymen and experts alike will be boggled by Epstein’s clarity.”

—PATRICK J. MICHAELS, director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute

“With this brave and welcome book, Alex Epstein provides a clear, full-throated response to the catastrophists who want us to trash nearly all of our existing energy and power systems and replace them with expensive, incurably intermittent sources like wind and solar. We need more people like Alex who are willing to make the case for hydrocarbons. As Alex shows, those fuels are allowing billions of people to live fuller, freer, healthier lives.”

—ROBERT BRYCE, author of Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper


ALEX EPSTEIN started the Center for Industrial Progress to offer an alternative environmental philosophy to America, one that is anti-pollution but pro-development. A popular speaker on college campuses, he has publicly debated leading environmentalists. He lives in Orange County, California.
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