Magazine October 28, 2019, Issue

Energy Means Food and Time

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And much else that spectacularly raises the human standard of living

Today in the developed world it is commonplace to glorify our planet and bemoan the impact of human beings on it. But that impact is necessary and often positive. Our planet is naturally dangerous, and it is deficient in many of the values human beings need to flourish. Nature does not want us to have a life expectancy of 75 or an infant mortality rate below 1 percent. Today we regard death before age 30 as a tragedy; in more “natural” times, it was the expectation.

Take our most basic need: food. Earth is not a garden of Eden. For hundreds

Alex EpsteinMr. Epstein is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress.

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