VIDEO: Alex Epstein’s Q&A with energy MBA students at TCU

Two years ago I got an invitation from TCU professor Ed Ireland to talk to his energy MBA students. The class had read my book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, and Ed wanted them to have the chance to ask me their toughest questions. (You can view it here.)

It was one of the most enjoyable Q&As on energy I’ve done, and so I was excited when Ed invited me back again this year to discuss fossil fuels with a new class of energy MBAs. This time we covered a lot of interesting territory including the meaning of “sustainability,” my biggest pollution concerns, the criminalization of nuclear, and California’s commitment to be “100% CO2-free” by 2045.

After reading “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” Professor Ed Ireland’s Energy MBA students bring their toughest questions in this remote Q&A session with me.

Upcoming Speeches

I’m getting ready for a bunch of speaking engagements that are coming up in the next few weeks.

  • 9/26 – California Tripartite Conference
  • 10/1 – Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)
  • 10/8 – Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA)
  • 10/9 – New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA)

If you’re interested in having me speak at a high level event, here is the latest list of the topics I cover:


  • Human Flourishing and Energy Progress
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
  • Our Fossil Future: Why Fossil Fuels Will Continue to Outcompete Solar, Wind, and EVs
  • What Exactly is “Social Responsibility Investing”? A Human Flourishing Approach
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Investment
  • How Moral Biases Cause Bad Investments
  • Understanding the ESG Threat
  • The Moral Case for Nuclear Power
  • The Moral Case for GMOs
  • The Moral Case for Chemicals


  • “Arguing to 100”: How to reframe the debate instead of reacting to the debate
  • How to Win Hearts and Minds
  • How to Talk to Anyone About Energy
  • Asymmetric strategy: How to persuade more people with fewer resources
  • Constructive Conversations Workshop
  • Asymmetric Strategy Workshop


  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
  • Energy Heroes
  • The Oil Industry’s Millennial Problem—And How to Solve it

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The Human Flourishing Project: Relaxed productivity (part 1)

On the latest episode of The Human Flourishing Project I discuss what “relaxed productivity” is, why it’s so desirable, and what practices can help us achieve it.

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