I like Alex Epstien. He thinks the same way that I do and he's working hard to change the way other people think.
This time he's gone up against Bill McKibben, a leading warmist though not a scientist. He's got the entire debate on YouTube and I'm happy to post it here. Its about 1.5hrs in its entirety.
Having watched the whole thing, I have to be fair and say that Alex lost this one. I agree with Epstien 100% on the substance of his argument, but McKibben appeared to own the subject while Epstien was visibly nervous and compensated by measuring his speaking cadence. The overall effect is to undermine the power of his message: that fossil fuels are essential to our way of life.
When I judge a debate, I try to imagine how a complete stranger to the subject would be swayed by the dialog. The average person isn't expecting isn't expecting spin and obfuscation so merely the appearance of confidence will give this debate to McKibben.
He did really well in his first debate with Greenpeace so I'm not sure what happened. Pressure can do that and McKibben is a much bigger fish than the Greenpeace guy was. I'm sure Alex will grow into it and be a regular Ezra Levant in no time.
McKibben's ideas are nonsense of course. Its simply impossible to implement what these eco-nuts talk about: a forced abandonment of civilization for the sake of some mollusks breeding in the dark.
The most the eco-nuts will ever accomplish is to seize control of our industrial society. Even the stupidest mis-educated liberal blogger would tie the noose themselves when you turned off the power for a month. The eco-nuts will be able to give the stamp of approval to those who pay tribute to them and accede to their demands. They would be become a ruling class by their power to bless one "polluter" and condemn another.
I know people get turned off by "conspiracy theories" but I'm a systems guy and this is how I see this system coalescing from the different players involved. It doesn't require a Central organizer to emerge. The various players, the activists, the politicians, even the scientists, recognize their own role and self coordinate to their own benefit. The system emerges.
Its happened before. Call them Bishops or Commissars or Lords. The environmental consultants of the future will have the same power over society as the former ruling classes.
This is why I believe Alex Epstien and the Center for Industrial Progress among others are doing important work to keep us all free. Remember that the concept of individual liberty is an aberration in Human history. Powerful natural human tendencies are at work to stratify society into distinct impermeable classes once again.