Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein

Formal First Name
Alexander (Alex)
1980 - present

Alex Epstein is a philosopher and expert on energy and industrial policy. Alex is the Founder and President of the Center for Industrial Progress, a for-profit think tank where he leads the organization in advocating for a positive, pro-human alternative to the green movement. His work includes extensive writing, public speaking, and training the next generation of free-market energy and industry advocates. He also hosts a weekly podcast called, Power Hour, highlighting discussions with the nation’s leading energy thinkers. Alex champions the use of fossil fuels by arguing the benefits far outweigh the costs, and changing the way thousands of people think about energy. He is the bestselling author of "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels" and "Fossil Future," and his views on philosophy, business, and energy have also been featured in numerous books. He has risen to prominence as the nation’s leading free-market energy debater, publicly facing off against, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club. Previously, he was an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, and a former fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.


  • Alex's writings on energy have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily, among hundreds of other publications.

  • His track record of turning fossil fuel skeptics into fossil fuel supporters has made him one of the top speakers on energy and public policy.

  • Epstein has spoken on the economic and environmental benefits of fossil fuels at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Duke, Rice, and UCLA.

  • His views  have been covered in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Fox News, USA Today, National Review, The Washington Times, and many more.

  • He has also spoken to leaders at dozens of Fortune 500 energy companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Phillips 66, Valero, Enbridge, and TransCanada.

  • He has defended fossil fuel energy in debates against Greenpeace,, and the Sierra Club.