He talks about energy production, medical progress, and how those products of human ingenuity helped Pari, Keith, and their newborn son Charlie (pictured below, with their other son.)
From Epstein's piece:
It’s easy to take for granted that we have the ability to detect early problems with babies—not thinking that absent the machine that can detect those problems and the energy to power that machine, human beings past and present have lost untold millions of babies. It’s easy to take for granted that we have the ability to keep a three-and-a-half-pound baby alive—not thinking that absent the machine that can incubate it and the energy to power that machine, most of people’s beloved children who were born underweight would have died.(Epstein is the author of the recent book, The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels.)
If the machines that move modern medicine don’t have energy, they are useless...