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"Energy independence" might sound appealing, but as veteran energy reporter Robert Bryce shows in this smart and surprising book, it's neither achievable nor desirable.For more than three decades, politicians have been promising to make America energy independent, a self-sufficient. They reason that energy independence will mean a thriving economy, a positive balance of trade and a stronger, better country.Except it won't. Despite the rhetoric, which is coming from both Democrats and Republicans as well as from tree-hugging greens and war-mongering neo-cons, energy independence is neither doable nor desirable. In "Gusher of Lies", leading authority Robert Bryce debunks the idea that the US can free itself from foreign energy and why it will be importing oil, natural gas, coal, gasoline, uranium and other energy commodities for decades to come.This book exposes the ethanol scam for what it is: one of the longest-running robberies of taxpayers in US history. From nearly any standpoint - subsidies, food prices, air quality, water use or greenhouse gas emissions - ethanol is a losing proposition.The booming economy, combined with increasing energy demand from China, India and other developing countries, combined with increasing concern about the need to reduce C02 emission, have made the world ever more interdependent. "A Gusher of Lies" shows why America must drop the rhetoric of energy independence and embrace interdependence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586483210
ISBN-10: 1586483218
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x 31mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » America's energy discussions contain "far too much religion and far too little science," writes the author, who carefully, gleefully throttles the meaningless rhetoric driving the cry for energy independence.Energy Tribune managing editor and Texas Observer contributor Bryce (Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate, 2004, etc.) offers mostly convincing arguments that don't require an advanced degree to follow. Our nation is hungry for energy, he notes. Our energy is dominated by oil, no alternative comes close to it in cost and efficiency, and none will for decades to come. We haven't produced enough oil for our needs for half a century; we no longer can, nor ever will again. Bryce starts by systematically debunking grandiose claims made for alternative energy sources. Corn ethanol is his bete noire, a subsidized hoax on the American taxpayer that could never meet more than a fraction of our energy needs. Cellulosic ethanol and coal-to-liquid are both way down the road, he declares; wind and solar, his personal favorites, are fractional producers. In a voice ardent and beseeching, Bryce urges Americans to educate themselves about the world's biggest enterprise, to have at least a modest grasp of thermodynamics, to rationally assess the costs and potential benefits of available resources. That last step includes taking a realistic look at the above alternative fuels, as well as nuclear energy, coal and algae-based biodiesel. A meaningful energy policy requires taking in hand the economic, political and military shenanigans that beset it: cleaning out the pork barrels, engaging rather than bullying the global community, sinking the neocon agenda. For all his research, stark realism and common sense, Bryce can occasionally be crudely nearsighted, as when he dismisses concerns about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore drilling to supply but a year of Florida's gas needs.High-order muckraking and an excellent primer for addressing the real question: How are we going to handle energy interdependence? (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce is among America's foremost energy journalists. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The Guardian. He is author of several books, including Cronies and Pipe Dreams, and lives in Austin, Texas.

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