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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439248478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439248478
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A small masterpiece -- right on the money both strategically and technically, witty, far-sighted, and barbeques a number of sacred cows. Absolutely do not miss this." --R. James Woolsey, Former CIA Director

"The book is going to become the Bible for everyone who is serious about energy and national security." --Robert C. McFarlane, Former U.S. National Security Advisor

About the Author

Gal Luft and Anne Korin are two of America’s leading energy independence advocates. They are co-directors of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and founders of the Set America Free Coalition, a bipartisan alliance of national security, religious, business and environmental groups promoting U.S. energy independence. They have published numerous articles and studies on energy security, appeared before committees of the U.S. Congress and have advised members of congress, presidential candidates, media outlets and think tanks worldwide. They are co-authors of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century.

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This book is well written and informative.
Chris
The key to all this necessarily will be making the combustion and exhaust systems in the automobile sturdy enough to burn alcohols.
G. Stelzenmuller
This book presents some very interesting new perspectives on the importance of US oil independence.
T. Kraemer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Stelzenmuller on March 5, 2010
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This book packs more crucial information on our national fuel and energy problem than any other this reviewer has seen yet. In a surprisingly short space (124 pages) the authors make their arguments articulately and convincingly. That means: with plenty of evidence to back up their themes and claims. The title line simply means that oil has become the premier strategic material in the world today, and we should aim to make oil an un-strategic commodity, as what happened with salt 100 years ago. For eons salt had been a strategic material, mainly for preserving food, thus people and countries have fought vigorously for its control. Mainly because refrigeration has become the main way to store and transport food since the early 20th century, salt has declined to UN-strategic status. Oil is strategic today because there is no alternative for most of its uses, yet.

Most everything we buy involves a choice. This is not so at the gas station. Gasoline is currently an oil product, the raw material of which is mostly imported. The plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) could increase the MPG per gallon gasoline equivalent (mpgg) to over 100 mpgg. But the real difference will be made with the flex-fuel PHEV, which can run on many power sources, and with gasoline and several kinds of alcohols, which in turn can be made from many biological sources. These sources, also, need not compete in any heavy way with food production. The key to all this necessarily will be making the combustion and exhaust systems in the automobile sturdy enough to burn alcohols. The author estimates this improvement would only cost about $100 per car. Even at $200, this is a superior solution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By peopleandresources on December 6, 2009
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At a slim 124 pages, it's a quick read. And while I was often frustrated by the polemical style of their argument, and sometimes by the substance as well, there were a lot of good ideas and I think reading it would be time well spent for anyone interested in energy.

Their overall thesis of "fuel choice" as the key to energy independence is compelling, and they are quite knowledgeable about the energy space. Their proposal rests on two pillars - flex-fuel vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. I found their argument for flex-fuel vehicles strong, but their case that the cost of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will fall dramatically rested on some very hopeful assumptions about the future. Flex-fuel plug-in hybrids would be great, but if they remain too expensive they won't be adopted on a broad scale.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Kraemer on November 14, 2009
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This book presents some very interesting new perspectives on the importance of US oil independence. It's right up to date, even discussing such projects as the Chevrolet Volt. The book is more balanced than many on this subject. It comes to the same conclusion as such others as Energy Victory: that we must get America off dependence on foreign oil as quickly as possible. When you consider that in the last month (October 2009)our exports increased by 3% but our trade deficit increased by 18% because of oil price increases the reason is obvious. OPEC is draining our capital. My one regret is that the book is relatively short. Still it's packed with interesting information. If you're concerned about our balance of trade and homeland security it's a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Oppenheimer on November 15, 2009
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The authors explain both WHY WE MUST and HOW WE CAN free our country from dependence on foreign oil which is bankrupting our economy, jeopardizing our future as we fill the national bank accounts of oil producing countries and their proxies who seek worldwide dominance of Islam and Shaaria Law through the destruction of America and other Democracies.

This book offers one "game changing" strategy to break dependence upon foreign oil by substituting liquid fuels produced domestically and by friendly nations , at a cost of less than $100 per car utilizing existing and scalable technology. Concisely written in laymen's terms, history, politics, economic and scientific fact are presented along with a hopeful plan for Democracies to safeguard their future.

This should be mandatory reading for every member of Congress with a follow up quiz, the results of which should be published in all local newspapers around the country. Shame on Congress, for having failed to resolve this issue, apparent since the 1973 Oil Embargo and for hiding behind diversionary mumbo jumbo including such as "the Hydrogen Economy" and "Climate Change Legislation".
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