“With the climate activists out of political power, they must regroup and turn to open debate and persuasion. Alex Epstein is ready when you are, Misters Brune, Gore, Hansen, Holdren, Musk, Nye, and Romm.”
John Holdren, James Hansen, Joe Romm: Since you are sure that planetary warming necessitates government rationing of fossil fuels, why not debate and expose the fallacies of the climate optimists, or the ‘deniers’ as you like to call them?
I was reminded of this when Alex sent out this email last week about a twitter challenge to Bill ‘The Science Guy” Nye:
Why Bill Nye “The Science Guy”?
Because he is the most prominent opponent of fossil fuels that has shown any inclination to debate.
My top 2 dream debates are Al Gore (whom I have offered $100,000) and Elon Musk (who blocked me from Twitter for asking a few tough questions).
Bill Nye, on the other hand, is occasionally willing to debate opponents on TV, at least for a few minutes. And I believe I could do a lot of good by making an example out of him.
For the last several years, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has been one of the top 10 public attackers of fossil fuels. Next month on Netflix he will release a show “Bill Nye Saves the World”…and you can guess he will be “saving” it from fossil fuels. He has millions of social media followers, many of whom have associated him with scientific thinking since they were in grade school. And I get lots of social media requests to address the things he says.
If Nye’s followers and their networks are made aware of a live event or recording in which Nye’s position is shown to be unscientific (and immoral) and are exposed to a pro-human, big picture way of thinking about fossil fuels, it could create a measurable shift in how the youth view fossil fuels.
Colleges are Debating Climate Policy
The costs and benefits of increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the costs and benefits of government policies to restrict fossil fuel usage, not only should be but is the subject of vigorous debate.
The 2016 – 2017 Resolution of the college Cross Examination Debate Association (membership below) is:
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.
The debate is unavoidable and on!
Add another name to the list of prominent fossil fuel foes who should be willing to take on Alex Epstein: Michael Brune. The head of the Sierra Club stated last November: “We’re waiting for action, and Trump is kidding nobody on climate as he simultaneously stacks his transition team and cabinet with climate science deniers and the dirtiest hacks the fossil fuel industry can offer.”
With the climate activists out of political power, they must regroup and turn to open debate and persuasion. Alex Epstein is ready when you are, Misters Brune, Gore, Hansen, Holdren, Musk, Nye, and Romm.
The following institutions are members of the Cross Examination Debate Association:
Arizona State Augsburg College Baylor University Binghamton Blue Ridge Community College Boston College Butler University California, Berekely City College of SF Clarion Concordia College Cornell University CSU Fullerton CSU Northridge Dartmouth Emory University Emporia State Fresno State Georgetown George Mason University Georgia State University Gonzaga Harvard Idaho State University Illinois College Indiana James Madison Johnson County Community College Johnson County Community College Kansas City KS Community College Kansas State Lakeland College Liberty University Lindenwood Long Beach City College Miami (FL) Michigan State University Missouri State University New School New York Northwestern State University Northwestern University Oklahoma Pepperdine University Pittsburgh Rochester Rutgers Samford University San Francisco State University Southwestern Stanford University Towson Trinity University UMKC University of Arizona University of Central Oklahoma University of Florida University of Georgia University of Houston University of Iowa University of Kansas University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of Mary Washington University of Miami (FL) University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of North Texas University of Northern Iowa University of Puget Sound University of Southern California University of Texas University of Texas, Dallas University of Texas – San Antonio University of Tulsa University of Washington University of Wisconsin University of West Georgia University of Wyoming University of Notre Dame UNLV US Military Academy Vanderbilt Vermont Wake Forest Wake Forest Wayne State University Weber State University West Virginia Wichita State University William and Mary