Alex Epstein is the director of the Center for Industrial Progress, a for-profit think tank he founded in 2011. Its mission is to "inspire Americans to embrace industrial progress as a cultural ideal." He is also a blogger at Master Resource, a "Free Market Energy Blog," and a past fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute. Alex is also the author of the book Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet. A regular columnist at Forbes.com, his writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Investor's Business Daily, among hundreds of other publications. Alex is a regular guest speaker at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Duke, Rice, and UCLA. He has debated Greenpeace, 350.org, and the Sierra Club on energy and environmental issues.