Two months ago today, Texas experienced a rare winter blast resulting in a widespread blackout. Debate has since raged over what source of energy was to blame. Robert Murphy (independent.org), Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, joins us today, to clear up the debate, having spent time looking at the data. He discusses the sometimes competing narratives about wind energy in Texas, whether natural gas stepped up during the crisis, and why Texas is on its own grid. He and John also zoom out and look at the broader energy picture in the U.S., including the role renewables play and whether nuclear is a valid option.
With the world in chaos and an uncertain path before us, it helps to talk to someone who has a vision for where we are heading. On today's podcast, we talk with two of them. First, author and online columnist James Kunstler (kunstler.com), is back with us. He is joined by print journalist and award-winning radio producer Mark Sommer. They offer their sometimes similar and other times distinctly different points of view about how to handle what's to come.
For today's round table discussion, both James and Mark look at alternative fuels, the future of the energy industry, and how politics affects our viewpoints. Idealism versus reality is explored as both guests do what many in this country refuse to – talk with someone who doesn't agree with them in an effort to find common ground.
The climate change narrative isn't working. But that isn't stopping the alarmists and their crusade against oil and fossil fuels. Joining us today to inject a little logic and reason into the debate is long-time friend of the show and oil industry expert Steve Elwart. He reveals the countless everyday products that are made, in part, from oil. This includes plastics, which would therefore include the windmills that climate change advocates want to use to replace oil. He also discusses infrastructure projects, energy markets, and a sane approach to alternative fuels.