Celebrating Oil's 150th Birthday
A project of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
A century and a half ago, Edwin Drake successfully drilled the first commercial oil well. 150 years later, oil remains the lifeblood of our civilization. It fuels our ultra-mobile, globalized world. It provides the building-blocks for millions of life-enhancing petroleum products.
Yet “Big Oil” receives no appreciation. It is demonized; oil is called an “addiction” and a “pollutant” to get rid of.
This website gives you the tools you need to appreciate the incredible, neglected value of oil, and to think clearly about oil’s role in foreign policy and environmental issues.
OIL: UNDERSTAND IT. EMBRACE IT. DEFEND IT.
Oil and the Economy
Alex Epstein is interviewed on the 150th birthday of oil. (To download, right-click the "download" link and select "save as.")
From The Mike Slater Show [download]
Oil and Foreign Policy
The myth of our “addiction to oil”
The real cause of the terrorist threat: the lack of a self-assertive, self-interested foreign policy
Why Mideast regimes had no right to nationalize oil companies
Winning the Unwinnable War: a comprehensive account of how to really defeat the Middle East terrorist threat, edited by Elan Journo and with essays by Journo, Yaron Brook, and Alex Epstein
Why the real threat posed by Iran is not its oil but its ideology
What’s wrong with America’s “spreading democracy” strategy to undercut oil-rich Mideast dictators through elections
Oil and the Environment
An interview with Alex Epstein on CAFE standards, recorded May 21, 2009.
Oil, industrial capitalism, and climate vulnerability (PDF)
An economic and scientific critique of climate change science and policy, by Dr. Keith Lockitch and Dr. Willie Soon
The science, philosophy, and economics of the climate change debate
Why the environmentalist movement really opposes oil and other forms of human progress