A Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, Mar 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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Everybody is talking about ?energy independence.OCO But is it really achievable?or even desirable? In this controversial, meticulously researched book, Robert Bryce exposes the false promises and political posturing behind the rhetoric. "Gusher of Lies" explains why the idea of energy independence appeals to voters while also showing that renewable sources like wind and solar cannot meet AmericaOCOs growing energy demand. Along the way, Bryce exposes the ethanol scam as one of the longest-running robberies ever perpetrated on American taxpayers. In a new foreword to this edition, he shows how energy independence rhetoric was used during the 2008 election, even as the heavily subsidized ethanol business fueled a growing global food crisis."
  

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Review: Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence"

User Review  - Anton Manyak - Goodreads

Very powerful book. Well reasoned/argued with lots of statistics and information. I don't completely agree with his solutions (some of them are too right for me) Read full review

Review: Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence"

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

You have to be in the mood for some good public policy nonfiction surrounding energy policy. This guy knows his stuff. He does let a little sarcasm creep in, but the entire thing still feels very objective. Note the date: the book is ~7 years old. But I still learned a ton. Read full review

Contents

Stories in the Factiva News Database Containing the Phrase Energy Independence 19882006
3
Imports Are Us
15
Energy Use and Prosperity
20
The False Promises of Energy Independence
47
PART
83
U S Oil Imports from All Countries 19701979
94
Anticipated Growth of Automobile Fleets in North America and the Asia Pacific 20002030
112
The Neocon Crusade Begins
115
Brazils Oil Consumption Oil Production and Ethanol Consumption 19652005
171
Petrobras Stock Price 20012007
173
Ethanol and Unleaded Gasoline Rack Prices FOB Omaha Nebraska 19822006
183
Running Out of Natural Gas
199
The 1 Percent Solution
217
Hot Air
223
The View from Jubail
237
The Rise of Dubai and the Shift in Gravity
243

Skepticism and Thermodynamics
125
Productivity Energy and the Economy in the U S
132
Increases in Microprocessor Peak Power Consumption
135
More Efficiency More Fuel
137
Energy Intensity of the U S Economy 19502010
139
Projected Growth in Daily U S Oil Demand by 2025 Under Various Fuel Economy Scenarios
140
The Ethanol Scam
145
U S Corn Subsidies 19952005
148
A Few Suggestions
253
Conclusion
287
Epilogue to the Paperback Edition
293
U S Imports of Strategic Mineral Commodities
307
The Set America Free Manifesto Released
313
Notes
319
Bibliography
373
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About the author (2008)

Robert Bryce is one of America’s foremost energy journalists. He is currently the managing editor of Energy Tribune and a contributing writer for the Texas Observer. The author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron and Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America’s Superstate, he lives in Austin with his wife, Lorin, their three children, and a hyperactive bird dog named Biscuit.