June 20, 2015

Alex Epstein: The moral case for fossil fuels (that the pope needs to hear)

Rebel Staff

Alex Epstein, the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is one of my heroes, and I got to interview him at this year's IdeaCity.

Among other things, we talk about the Pope's environmental encyclical.

Epstein wasn't impressed by it, to put it mildly.

He noted the irony of Pope Francis decrying progress while using Twitter to get his message out.

In response to the Pope's tweet that the earth was starting to resemble "a pile of filth," Epstein said that if the pope from 300 years ago could see our world today, he'd say it was actually cleaner and healthier than his own era.

We had a great conversation about how people who support the oil and gas industry can get their message out more effectively.

READ Ezra Levant's bestselling books debunking environmentalist propaganda against the energy industry:

Groundswell: The Case for Fracking
Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands

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commented 2015-06-22 13:47:57 -0400
The Holy Father suffers from having poor advisers. Mind you, they are advisers he chose for himself.

All that said, papal infallibility does not necessary attach to scientific hypotheses. In other words, one can be a good Catholic and disagree with him on a non-moral issue.

I also disagree with his idea of having a global governance on this issue. This flies in the face of his predecessor Leo XIII’s notion of subsidiarity. On that point alone, I can disagree with that part of his encyclical.

However, his concern for the poor and their environment is laudable. I just wish it was more focused.
commented 2015-06-21 21:14:40 -0400
The pope has a right to his opinion but he’s not a scientist & I doubt he has studied & researched the facts on climate change. He keeps referring to the poor children & how climate change has affected their lives. I wish instead he would have commented on the corrupt dictators of their governments. There is an abundance of monies from governments, organizations, etc handed over to these countries with no real change to these children’s lives, so why does he not comment on that instead of getting on the bandwagon with Gore, Suzuki & all these so called “green” activists who preach but don’t practice. Our priest at mass this morning devoted his whole sermon to the encyclycle, agreeing with everything. I had a hard time trying not to run out of the church.
commented 2015-06-21 11:03:18 -0400
Logic seldom triumphs over emotion
commented 2015-06-21 03:10:37 -0400
I never trusted these dirty Dogans.
commented 2015-06-20 19:27:17 -0400
I don’t recognise this pope as having any legitimacy or moral authority – in fat I think the whole Vatican is compromised to the point they can be regarded as just another financial player in the rush to global crony capitalism pimped by the new Trotskyites at the UN.

Funny a pope aligned with “Builderberg” agendas emerges after the previous pope “resigns” (an unprecedented event in the past 1000yrs) Popes have been intimidated, assassinated and coerced into resignation but we have never seen one voluntarily step down willingly since the first 500 yrs of the church when a few did so to live as monks, rejecting the affluence of the papal office.

Something smelled bad about that whole suspect event and now we see an installed pope pimping globalist shakedown rackets an global socialism. I’m tempted to ask what percentage the vatican bank is skimming of carbon trading/green energy proceeds._ And ask him when he will trot out Romans 13 as the command to submit to state sponsored theft.
commented 2015-06-20 14:55:52 -0400
Kenneth, I think it is more than just “few people seem aware of this”. For some, they are aware of the manipulation of the data but are intentionally ignoring and even denying it because billions are at stake.

Good post, btw.
commented 2015-06-20 14:40:29 -0400
Pope’s payment (oops, Catholic Church donation) must have been huge for the Pope to ramble on about climate change – yes your Holiness, the climate does change, but taking kickbacks, c’mon, is the Catholic Church that desperate?

Oh wait, Pope John I was murdered https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God%27s_Name and this didn’t matter much either.
commented 2015-06-20 14:06:52 -0400
It’s a pity the Pope has been suckered into the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) scam, but he is far from alone. The claims of a warming planet Earth are based on temperature data that has been skewed upward artificially by systematically removing data collection stations around the world that registered lower temperatures. Few people seem aware of this, yet it was reported over five years ago, in January 2010. Google “Call it the mystery of the missing thermometers” (without the quote marks), read the article by Richard Foot in the National Post, and know the basis of the misguided AGW movement.

The claim that 97% of scientists believe in anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is often used by AGW believers to convince the public of AGW, but the fact is that, outside the very divided field of climate change, very few scientists know anything more about it than what they read in the newspapers (which know nothing of the science), just like most people.

Within climatology itself, there is no consensus by a long shot, since many climate scientists, such as Dr. Tim Ball in Canada, are aware of the true facts and don’t believe in AGW. Google Dr. Ball’s website, and also that of Dr. David Evans, a former global warming believer whose belief was reversed as a result of his work on a government climate project in Australia. Also check out the 2010 CLOUD experiment performed at CERN, Switzerland, that showed there is a credible direct relationship between solar activity and global climate change on Earth, as maintained by physicist Dr. Henrick Svensmark of Denmark.
commented 2015-06-20 12:53:04 -0400
Anti-oil activists, like gun control activists, run high on emotions. Any moral case for oil falls on firmly intransigent minds