The Obama Administration has declared war against fossil fuels – the concentrated, affordable energy on which prosperous economies are utterly dependent. In only a few short years, the U.S. has become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas; it has long been the Saudi Arabia of coal. America has more fossil fuels resources than any nation and can produce and utilize those resources with more environmental sensitivity and energy efficiency. Developing those resources could stimulate hundreds of billions of dollars of additional economic activity each year. Drilling on federal lands could raise trillions of dollars of tax and royalty revenues over the coming decades.
Yet, highly politicized climate policies are pushing a grand-scale shift to unreliable, expensive renewable energy sources inherently incapable of replacing the vast energy services fossil fuels provide. Today, "fossil fuel" has become such a dirty word that even fossil fuel companies feel compelled to apologize for their products. In Fueling Freedom, Kathleen Hartnett White and Stephen Moore make an unapologetic case for fossil fuels, turning around progressives' protestations to prove that if fossil fuel energy is supplanted by "green" alternatives for political reasons, humanity will take a giant step backwards and the planet will be less safe, less clean, and less free.
Kathleen Hartnett White is the Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the second-largest environmental regulatory agency after the EPA. She has also served on five other state or federal Commissions governing natural resources. Stephen Moore is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation and the former Senior Economics Writer for the Wall Street Journal. His most recent book, co-authored with Arthur Laffer, is An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States.
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Kathleen Hartnett White and
Becky Norton Dunlop
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow