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Alex Epstein vs. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

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Alex Epstein vs. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

- Epstein’s opening testimony explaining how many Senators are making a catastrophic mistake by pushing for fossil fuel restrictions when we should be liberating all forms of energy—calls on them to cast aside politics, stop taking actions that will cause billions of people to suffer unnecessarily.

- Epstein explains why heat-related deaths go down, not up, even with (mild) temperature rises; key to climate safety is the climate protection provided by industrial civilization (e.g., air conditioning), not a degree or two of temperature.


- Epstein on the economic devastation of meaning of energy poverty and the threat it poses in the US and around the world.


- Senator Boxer asks Epstein if he is a scientist; he replies that he is a philosopher. Boxer tries to dismiss, but Epstein quickly explains to Barbara Boxer why she and the Senate need philosophy to think clearly about energy and environmental policy. Crowd laughs. Boxer repeatedly claims a philosopher is irrelevant to a discussion that involves science, then calls upon a reverend to enlighten everyone.


- Senator Boxer goes on a rant committing all the fallacies Epstein warned against, calls his facts made up even though his testimony cites primary sources.


- No Democrats ask Epstein another question, even a loaded, three-second one like Boxer did.


- Epstein explains that he is against the loss of coal jobs, not because they are jobs, but because coal is a life-enhancing product that is being legislated, not competed, out of existence. Epstein praises the fossil fuel industry, proudly associates himself with it, and castigates ungrateful Senators who are being kept alive by that industry and yet trying to destroy it. He also calls for Senator Whitehouse’s apology and/or resignation for his unconstitutional attacks on fossil fuel companies’ free speech.


- Epstein on the domestic devastation of higher energy prices and the domestic opportunity of energy freedom.


- Epstein on how philosophy can help us think big-picture about the intersection of economic and environmental issues--and how the principle of individual rights is the key principle to improve both.


- Senator Boxer closes by ridiculing Epstein for being a philosopher.



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