Declaration of Energy Independence How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment

ISBN-10: 0470267631

ISBN-13: 9780470267639

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jay Hakes

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America needs a plan for moving toward energy independence. Gyrating gasoline prices, fiery explosions on nightly broadcasts from the oil-rich Persian Gulf , and warming of the planet from the burning of carbon fuels remind us almost daily about the negative impact of our current energy system on our lives. Yet the debates in Washington are disquieting to the careful observer. Economic mythologies (of the right and the left) replace factual analysis and science as the basis of decision making. The right believes the lesson of the 1970's: that government controls disrupt energy markets and we need to get the government out of energy. The left believes that the government needs to impose its will on private interests, but that the special interests (particularly the greedy oil companies) are always able to thwart the national interest. Neither of these simplifications stands up to careful economic analysis. The vast array of energy choices baffles average citizens trying to figure out the right thing to do. This is a book on how America can become energy independent. Part of this book explains the successful and unsuccessful ways America has tried to solve its last energy crisis, when the gasoline lines of the 1970's paralyzed the nation, boosted energy for a time to the top of the national agenda, helped topple three presidents, and provoked the most vigorous debate about what to do about energy in the country's history. The fervent attempts of the period to resolve the nation's fuel emergencies show realistic, economically and politically viable solutions to our current and growing energy and oil crises. Part I of the book answers the key questions: After all these years, why do we still rely on fuels from hugely expensive and unstable parts of the globe? What are the roots of current American relations with countries like Saudi Arabia , Iran , and Iraq ? How economically viable are alternative technologies that can lead to a better future? Are there economic lessons from the failures or successes of the past that might inform our current debates? Part II gives an 8-point plan for a "Declaration of Energy Independence."
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Introduction: Why Energy Independence Matters More Than Iraq
The Problem of America's Energy Dependence
America's Plunge into Reliance on Foreign Oil
A Forgotten Victory Gives Hope: How America Solved Its Last Energy Crisis and Cut Oil Imports in Half
Lapsing Back into Oil Addiction: Retreating from Battle under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush
Blood and Treasure: The Heavy Cost of Dependence on Middle East Oil
Fossil Fuels and Global Warming: A Dangerous Experiment with the Planet
The Magic and Limits of Market-Based Solutions
Seeing through the Ideological Blinders (of the Right and the Left)
Seven Economically and Politically Viable Paths to Energy Independence
Solution One: Store Massive Emergency Reserves
Solution Two: Drive the Car of the Future
Solution Three: Bring Alternative Fuels to Market
Solution Four: Plug into an Electric Future
Solution Five: Adopt Energy Taxes Liberals and Conservatives Can Like
Solution Six: Make Energy Conservation a Patriotic Duty
Solution Seven: Throw Some "Hail Marys"
Securing Our National Future
What We Need from National Leaders (and from Voters)
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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