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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; UNABRIDGED VERSION--INCLUDES BUMPER STICKER edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985766
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Newt Gingrich Presents a Bold Plan for America's Energy Independence:

Do It All. Do It Now. Do It for America.

America is unrivaled in our ability to solve tough problems and create bold, powerful solutions. That's exactly what we need to do with the energy crisis we now face. We CAN become energy independent, while lowering prices at the pump today and developing innovative and effective energy alternatives for the future. We CAN produce an overwhelming supply of oil and natural gas here at home, and break the stranglehold that foreign (often hostile) countries have on our energy supply, and by extension, our economy. And we CAN be responsible stewards of our environment, protecting the grand beauty and richness of our country without sacrificing our robust engines of growth, expansion, and entrepreneurship. As Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and bestselling author, spells out in stunning simplicity, when it comes to developing domestic energy resources, we CAN do it all. Isn't it time we relied on American energy for America's security and prosperity? With your help, your citizen action, and Newt Gingrich's plan as laid out in this handbook, we can solve this energy crisis--and slash gas prices, too.

About the Author

Newt Gingrich was the chief architect of the Contract with America. A former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gingrich is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a FOX News political analyst, and general chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.

Vince Haley serves on the executive team at American Solutions for Winning the Future.He lives in Virginia.

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It's just tired rhetoric done hurriedly and soooo repetitive.
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This book lays out simple, common sense ideas that we could implement tomorrow to help solve a host of problems in this country.
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This is a man that knows how things should be done. he knows what happens because he knows his history.
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25 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. E Westgard on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Newt's ignorance of oil geology is evident from the title. There is a reason oil companies are called E&Ps with the exploration part first. You don't take a $400,000/day drill ship out to sea and start poking random holes in the ocean floor. We have little knowledge of the structures off the east and west coasts or in the Beaufort and Chuckchi Seas. We have better data in the Gulf, but the good new stuff is under allochthonous salt at great depth, not economic at current prices. The Green River oil shale is a 35 year joke. For one thing it isn't oil.
The U.S. has about 3% of the world's oil reserves despite nonsense from Gingrich and his ilk.
Rolf Westgard, member Geological Society of America
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By W. Nichols on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
First, I'm an independent. I do have 3 decades experiences as a federal worker working government programs with exposure to our elected officials. I'm familiar with the capabilities and limitations on both sides of the aisle. This includes energy. Mr. Gingrich...tho well meaning shows a lack of understanding of the complexity of the issue.

He does provide an adequate overview though slanted toward his political view. The strength of his case is the increasing daily power of special interests...does he acknowledge those he follows and in his party?

Two points illustrate his limitations. First, he never addresses that 35% of oil is used for crucial non-transportation aspects. These range from agriculture to plastics plus hundreds of more vital applications. He could include financial models showing the gravity of the consequences of losing this capability to better make his point of why we need to drill. Second, he should research EROEI...or energy return on energy energy invested...it frames how and why we can and should change based on scientific...managerial efficiency and effectiveness. It also will reveal the flaws on his too optimistic view of additional oil...buttressed by actual data (i.e. depletion rates, on line rates, etc.).

Yes...we are going to have an energy revolution...but it will be painful and take decades. His almost blind adherence to his sources without auditing and questioning them is a key example of why our government is broke IMO. His recommendations...though some noteworthy...are mainly 1 dimensional to a 3 dimensional problem.

The serious reader should explore other books on Amazon that more completely describe this issue to understand the importance, difficulty and gravity of this situation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dag Johansen on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Newt Gingrich is not a geologist. He really has no idea what he is talking about. The USA hit peak oil back in 1970. For 40 years now, oil production in the USA has been in decline. It didn't matter whether a Democrat or a Republican was in the white house or ruled Congress . . . oil production has been in decline since we have been drilling up the country for over 100 years now. Now recently there has been an uptick in production . . . why? Because oil prices moved from $20/barrel in 2000 to near $100/barrel now. That has made many previously uneconomic oil plays now economic. But there are not tons of them. And you can go ahead and drill them like crazy but they won't cause oil prices to drop . . . because if oil prices do start to drop, they'll stop drilling because they'll be losing money. Again, the only reason production has gone up lately is BECAUSE the price is high.

The USA only has about 2 or 3% of the worlds remaining oil reserves. (Go look it up.) Ask Legendary oilman and hardcore conservative T.Boone Pickens, he'll tell you "There is no way we can drill our way out of this problem."

This book is nothing but telling people what they want to hear. You should demand to be told the truth . . . not just lies that a politician knows you want to believe. If you want to know the real situation, I'd recommend digging up the lecture from Ken Verosub, Geology professor at UC Davis where he discusses Newt's crazy views on oil geology.
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By Gderf on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a thoughtful courageous unpopular geo-political stance. The title is overly provocative. The book is actually a policy recommendation for the USA to develop all sources of energy. He takes a stand against Nancy Pelosi's "saving the planet" populism, advocating development of oil and gas resources along with nuclear and renewables.

The book is full of facts and figures, although not presenting the complete picture. The main weakness of the book is that it it is one sided, presenting only the positive aspects of each energy source. Solar is not yet profitable and requires much energy use in construction of panels. Wind requires extensive land use and has detrimental environment effects. Nuclear has heavy capital costs that are not considered in G's cost estimate. The verdict on clean coal may not be as clear as he depicts although it merits consideration apart from ideological opposition. Biofuels, including especially ethanol, are proving inefficient and represent poor resource allocation.

Methane gas trapped in Arctic ice is a very interesting new energy possibility that should be pursued by the US. He points out that the USA is falling behind internationally as India builds refineries and China, Japan and France build nuclear facilities. The cap and trade program in Belgium, that he calls, tax and trade, has done nothing but raise energy prices. He advocates 100% expensing on energy research.

Recent oil and NG discoveries are proving Gingrich correct in his prognostications of energy reserves in the USA. He has a goal of moving towards less dependence on foreign oil while stopping short of the mindlessly unfeasible call for energy independence. It's a bit ironic that this conservative advocates action opposed to the malaise of progressives.
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