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The Climate Change Trial of the Century (Guest: Peter Ferrara)

June 27, 2018

Judge Alsup of the climate change trial in San Francisco requested information on the social benefits of fossil fuels. Heartland answered the call.

Fossil fuels have made the tremendous progress against eliminating hunger and poverty -- literally saving lives and underpinning human flourishing.  Fossil fuels are what made the first industrial revolution possible, and they now fuel the modern, high-tech, digital revolution.  The lawsuit by Oakland and San Francisco against oil companies, if successful, will take us back to a more primitive time, increase world hunger and shorten lifespans. Renewable sources cannot realistically replace fossil fuels.
Author
Peter Ferrara, J.D., is the senior fellow for legal affairs at The Heartland Institute and senior advisor for entitlement reform and budget policy at the National Tax Limitation Foundation.
pferrara@heartland.org
Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org