Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil

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Prometheus Books, 2007 - Political Science - 336 pages
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Americans are buying ammunition for their enemies every time they buy gas. Energy security is the way out of this dilemma and Dr. Zubrin has a plan to achieve it.- Clifford D. May, Syndicated Columnist; President, Foundation for the Defense of DemocraciesRobert Zubrin pulls no punches and moves effortlessly from a fascinating oil-centered take on WW II to making the mathematics of oil alternatives intelligible to lay readers. Oil and hydrogen take huge hits and alcohol fuels win big. Don''t miss this one.- James Woolsey, former Director, Central Intelligence AgencyTo win the war on terror, we need to remove the yoke of our oil dependence and cut the flow of petrodollars to regimes that spread radical Islam. Energy Victory is a bold, yet realistic plan to do just that. It is a vitally important book about the most critical issue we face today.- Dr. Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global SecurityIn Energy Victory, Zubrin supplies a forceful plan to finally break oil''s global stranglehold and seriously address world development. This is something we''ve really needed for some time. Washington should sit up and take notice.- James P. Clark, Chairman, World Technology NetworkIn this compelling argument for a new direction in US energy policy, world-renowned engineer and best-selling author Robert Zubrin lays out a bold plan for breaking the economic stranglehold that the OPEC oil cartel has on our country and the world. Zubrin presents persuasive evidence that our decades-long relationship with OPEC has resulted in the looting of our economy, the corruption of our political system, and now the funding and protection of terrorist regimes and movements that are committed to our destruction.Debunking the false solutions and myths that have deterred us from taking necessary action, Zubrin exposes the fakery that has allowed many politicians-including current US president George W. Bush-to posture that they are acting to resolve this problem while actually doing nothing significant toward that goal.Zubrin''s plan is straightforward and practical. He argues that if Congress passed a law requiring that all new cars sold in the USA be flex-fueled-that is, able to run on any combination of gasoline or alcohol fuels-this one action would destroy the monopoly that the oil cartel has maintained on the globe''s transportation fuel supply, opening it up to competition from alcohol fuels produced by farmers worldwide. According to Zubrin''s estimates, within three years of enactment, such a regulation would put 50 million cars on the road in the USA capable of running on high-alcohol fuels, and at least an equal number overseas. He further advocates tariff policies favoring alcohol over petroleum imports.Energy Victory shows how we could be using fuel dollars that are now being sent to countries with ties to terrorism to help farmers here and abroad, boosting our own economy and funding world development. Furthermore, by switching to alcohol fuels, which pollute less than gasoline and are made from plants that draw carbon dioxide from the air, this plan will facilitate the worldwide economic growth required to eliminate global poverty without the fear of greenhouse warming.Energy Victory offers an exciting vision for a dynamic, new energy policy, which will not only go a long way toward safeguarding homeland security in the future but will also provide solutions for global warming and Third World development.FURTHER PRAISE FOR ENERGY VICTORY:Energy Victory is the first book I have ever read that actually lays out a credible plan to turn around the world energy situation.... Energy Victory is a knock out. It should be read by everyone concerned with policy in this vital area, and its central recommendation implemented as rapidly as feasible.- Energy DailyAmericans are finally becoming aware that energy isn''t just an economic or environmental issue; it''s a grave national security issue. It''s long past time to stop bankrolling
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
3
Preface
11
Energy Independence within a Decade
19
Your Gas Dollars at Work Part 1
33
How to Destroy OPEC
67
Changing the Energy Trump Suit
83
The Technology to Break OPECs Chains
99
The Hydrogen and Pimentel Hoaxes
113
The Alcohol Economy versus Narcoterrorism
173
Defeating Global Warming
179
Empowering the Future
197
Oil and Power
221
Energy and Statecraft
247
In Defense of Biofuels
263
Glossary
281
Notes
289

The New Alcohol Economy and World Development
137
Alcohol Alchemy
156
The Brazilian Experience
161

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Robert Zubrin (Indian Hills, CO) is president of Pioneer Astronautics and also president of the Mars Society. For many years he worked as a senior engineer for Lockheed Martin. In addition, he is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction books The Case for Mars, Entering Space, Mars on Earth; the science fiction novels The Holy Land and First Landing; and articles in Scientific American, The New Atlantis, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mechanical Engineering, and The American Enterprise. He has appeared on major media including CNN, CSPAN, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, NBC, ABC, and NPR.

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