Freedom From Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2008 - Business & Economics - 273 pages
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“I plan to deliver an address from the Oval Office one month from today. The topic will be oil dependence.”

With these opening words, Freedom from Oil takes the reader to the highest levels of government, as Cabinet members and White House aides debate how to break our addiction to oil. In a fast-moving narrative, David Sandalow shows how to solve this problem while offering a unique window into the White House at work.

A White House veteran, Sandalow explores what would happen if the next President made breaking the United States' addiction to oil a top priority. In crisp and clear prose, Sandalow explains the size of the challenge and then offers a powerful message of hope. “This issue unites Americans,” he writes. “Game-changing technologies are at hand.” Plug-in cars, biofuels and measures to improve traffic are all part of the solution.

Throughout the book, profiles of fascinating individuals help bring serious policy dialogue to life. From the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq to a grandmother in northern Alaska to an electric car entrepreneur to the winner of the Indianapolis 500, Freedom from Oil is filled with stories of people whose lives have been touched by oil dependence-and are working to find solutions.

Drawing on both his government experience and energy expertise, Sandalow depicts the President's top advisers as they explore options, shape solutions and create national policy, culminating in an inspiring speech by the President to the nation.

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I used this book for a political science class project. It was so helpful in giving an overview of America's dependence on oil. I really liked the chapters about other forms of ethanol.

Contents

The Problem
7
SMART GROWTH
11
Ten Facts about Oil
14
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

David Sandalow is Energy Environment Scholar and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former assistant secretary of state and senior director on the National Security Council.

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