Monday, March 9, 2015

Fossil Fuel Education, or Lack Thereof...

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I'm responding to an interesting recent story from the environmentalism world.  Alex Epstein, a leading Randian philosopher and activist, argues convincingly that a major shortcoming is the complete lack of formal education promoting the incredible power of fossil fuels for the promotion of the human condition.  In this quote from a post at NotPC, Epstein holds -- interestingly and accurately, I think -- the fossil fuel industries as primarily responsible:
There is a dangerous lack of energy education…. In particular, there is a lack of education about the indispensable benefits provided by fossil fuels. What are the consequences of this, and how do we fix it? That's the topic of my latest Forbes column, "The Crisis in Energy Education":
        The fossil fuel industry, as the leading and most misunderstood energy industry, has an obligation and self-interest in educating its employees and the public about energy, yet does a miserable job at it.
Click here to read the rest of the post as well as access to Epstein's full Forbes article.