In Defense of Oil

November 17th | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | UW-Madison | Humanities 2560


This year, oil turns 150. Why aren’t Americans celebrating? Although oil has sustained and enhanced billions of lives since its discovery as an affordable, convenient source of energy, it is seen as a destructive “addiction.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Oil fuels productivity, whether by allowing men to execute life’s daily tasks with unprecedented ease or by enabling the greatest feats of industry.

On November 17th, Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Institute will discuss the value and virtues of oil while addressing common confusions about its use. He will take questions on oil-related issues, including those that address energy independence, renewable energy, and climate change. Don’t miss what is sure to be an intellectually engaging lecture, sponsored by Students of Objectivism.

in defense of oil

One Response to “In Defense of Oil”
  1. John says:

    Well the thing is we are addicted. The same way a junkie is addicted to heroine. If we were deprived of our oil for a day we would have some nasty withdrawal symptoms, no? We depend on oil for virtually everything in the modern world, and the problem is that we are going to run out of it really soon. I suggest watching the film Collapse, it offers a lot of insight into the inherit problems with oil, in summary it argues that once oil is scarce enough that it is no longer a viable resource, our entire economic/ social/ political infrastructure will collapse. It is an efficient resource, but it is finite. People don’t seem to get that last bit.

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