A Declaration of Energy IndependenceHow Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment
If you’ve wondered about how America can break links between oil consumption, terrorism, and the war in Iraq, A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment will show you how our country can gain energy independence and solve its energy crisis. Written by a top energy expert, this book outlines seven economically and politically viable ways America can more efficiently use and produce energy. Find out how carbon fuels negatively impact our lives and understand the political framework of the energy crisis.
Introduction : Why Energy Independence Matters More Than Iraq 1 PART ONE: The Problem of America’s Energy Dependence 11 Chapter 1: America’s Plunge into Reliance on Foreign Oil 13 Chapter 2: A Forgotten Victory Gives Hope: How America Solved Its Last Energy Crisis and Cut Oil Imports in Half 41 Chapter 3: Lapsing Back into Oil Addiction: Retreating from Battle under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush 71 Chapter 4: Blood and Treasure: The Heavy Cost of Dependence on Middle East Oil 89 Chapter 5: Fossil Fuels and Global Warming: A Dangerous Experiment with the Planet 103 Chapter 6: The Magic and Limits of Market-Based Solutions 121 Chapter 7: Seeing through the Ideological Blinders (of the Right and the Left) 133 PART TWO: Seven Economically and Politically Viable Paths to Energy Independence 143 Chapter 8: Solution One: Store Massive Emergency Reserves 145 Chapter 9: Solution Two: Drive the Car of the Future 157 Chapter 10: Solution Three: Bring Alternative Fuels to Market 173 Chapter 11: Solution Four: Plug into an Electric Future 181 Chapter 12: Solution Five: Adopt Energy Taxes Liberals and Conservatives Can Like 191 Chapter 13: Solution Six: Make Energy Conservation a Patriotic Duty 203 Chapter 14: Solution Seven: Throw Some “Hail Marys” 213 PART THREE: Securing Our National Future 221 Chapter 15: What We Need from National Leaders (and from Voters) 223 Acknowledgments 231 Notes 233 Index 243
"Hakes’s insights into the politics of energy make the book especially relevant this voting season, and it would be a good addition…" (Library Journal, September 2008) "Evenhanded and insightful history…a compelling tutorial for anyone seeking to understand the geopolitical forces that have America over a barrel of oil." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 10, 2008) "...an outpost of sanity in the mostly absurd babble surrounding the 'energy crisis'" (E & P, September, 2008)
Jay Hakes was head of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 2000, where he oversaw the collec-tion and dissemination of America's official energy data and analysis. He has given testimony before congressional committees on more than twenty-five occasions and is currently head of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.
Between rising oil prices, global instability, and environmental deg-radation, most Americans acknowl-edge the need for energy independence. Yet our political dialogue tends to focus more on rhetoric than substance, leaving citizens scratching their heads about what they and the country can do to break free from energy dependence. A Declaration of Energy Independence takes a nonpartisan, honest approach to energy issues and answers fundamental questions like whether the price of oil will ever go down; whether global warming is a real threat; and whether ethanol and other biofuels make sense in the long run. As the former head of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, author Jay Hakes had an exclusive, inside look at America'senergy problems. Now, combining un-disputed facts and solid science with historical and political context, Hakes offershis expert insight on the situation and presents viable solutions for a more stable political, economic, and military future for America. America's addiction to oil isn't just a pocketbook problem; in fact, it represents a grave security threat with even greater long-term consequences than the Iraq War. Far beyond the rising price of gas, our oil addiction puts dollars in the hands of foreign despots and funds international terrorism. In addition, any severe disrup-tion in the flow of oil can leave our military virtually crippled and unable to respond to crises around the world. America can break out of the energy trap if we approach the issue honestly, intelligently, and with the political will to create a better future. A Declaration of Energy Independence offers a real-world look—without the ideological blinders of the right and the left—at how we got into this mess and, more importantly, provides effective solutions to get us out of it.
"Hakes argues persuasively that the United States can end its damaging dependence on foreign oil. He tells the story of failures and surprising successes in federal energy policies of the last forty years, and where we need to go in the future. Both a careful scholar and a realistic veteran of state and federal government, Hakes has written an important book that provides workable solutions to our nation's energy problems." – Former President Jimmy Carter In response to the oil crises of the 1970s, America developed a bipartisan energy policy that made us safer, greener, and far less dependent on foreign oil. It was so successful that American oil imports fell by fifty percent and greenhouse gas emissions dropped nine percent in just five years. How was this possible, and how can we do it again? A Declaration of Energy Independence—written by one of the country's top energy experts—outlines seven economically and politically viable paths to energy independence. It also answers the questions many Americans have been asking: How can we break the links between oil consumption, terrorism, and the war in Iraq? Will it wreck our economy if we deal with the tough issues of energy? Which new technologies can help get us out of our current energy predicaments? What kind of a president do we need to lead us to a better energy future? Should we be pessimistic or optimistic about our energy prospects? "This book and its message are long overdue." –Former President Jimmy Carter
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