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Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence" Paperback – Bargain Price, March 2, 2009
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“It’s exhortative instead of purely informative. It hammers apart the idea that we really want to be independent of oil. Energy interdependence should be the actual goal for our energy system.”
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I have been an energy policy wonk in Washington, DC for over 25 years, even founding and running energy policy think tanks for the last decade. Yet I found myself perplexed by much of what I heard being bandied about regarding energy policy. None of the public dialogue made any sense to me. Both Republicans and Democrats favored senseless interventions into energy markets, albeit for different reasons (R's for national security and D's for environment). The only thing the two parties could agree on was doling out pork to favored constituencies. Nearly everyone in public life embraced the ridiculous mantra of "energy independence."
I searched in vain for a hard hitting, top-to-bottom analysis of energy policy from a market perspective. Something Milton Friedman or Friedrich Hayek might endorse. I searched feverously for a book that would represent my world view. I found mostly apocalyptic screeds with titles like the End of Oil or Blood and Oil or Powerdown or Carbon War (about 35 such "sky is falling" titles are available on Amazon.com since only 2000).
It is against this gloomy backdrop that I read Bryce's Gusher of Lies. It is by far the best energy policy book in the last decade and that is because I am too lazy to go back farther. Bryce is a journalist and he explains his views in the easy to understand, down to earth manner that we expect from journalists. But unlike many journalists, he is amazingly comprehensive and detailed in his analysis.Read more ›
While looking at the numbers, one should ask how "energy independence" has become such a dominant theme. Is it because the Middle East is evil and wants Westerners dead? Perhaps. Perhaps not. The oil behemoths of the Middle East need the West as much as, if not more than, we need them. Oil makes up ~7% of total U.S. imports but accounts for between 65 and 95 percent of Persian Gulf exports, depending on the nation. In the long term, economics tend to supplant all other factors. To claim energy independence will significantly reduce terrorism is a contrivance. While there is no denying that some Middle Eastern players have been linked to Islamic fundamentalists, most terrorist organizations are low-tech in nature and don't need oil dollars. Their financing has been found to come from drugs, human trafficking, weapons trading and other criminal activities.Read more ›
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It is not a bad book, but it is just outdated. It all depends if you have time to spare to read it or not. If not, find a more recent bookPublished 23 months ago by Gabba
The author takes us through the blind alleys of green energy and other programs doomed to fail. The tough question is if this is stupidity, corruption ( donors and politicians are... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book hoping for some insights into the energy industry, believing that a book from 2009 would still be relevant in Dec 2013, when I bought it. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by R. Reviere
No one lives alone on this planet and this book defines clearly why we, and everyone else on this planet are dependent on other country's resources. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Captain Ron
This well thought out and informative book that doesn't cleave to common popular energy ideology. With a globalized market, energy independence for the USA is neither possible nor... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Gderf
It's doubtful if Bryce has any actual knowledge of the subjects in this book. Everything he writes about (other than his oil industry sponsored trip to the Middle East) seems to be... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Gusher of Lies is a must read for anyone who really wants to understand the misleading idea of Energy Independence. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by IM Frederick
"Gusher of Lies" is a book by Robert Bryce, debunking various myths about "green" energy and the possibility of energy "independence". Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Ashtar Command