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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

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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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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439248478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439248478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Tucson Tom on May 29, 2013
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There are many books written about energy independence.

There are however only two that really stand out: "Turning Oil Into Salt" by Luft & Korin and "Energy Victory" by Zubrin.

The title of this book, "Turning Oil Into Salt" takes a few minutes of thinking to appreciate what it really means.

Salt is an essential commodity for life. Once upon a time, it was so valuable that it was controlled by governments to allow them to collect high taxes. However, this book, "Turning Oil Into Salt" describes how free market forces made salt cheap, still essential, but very inexpensive.

The same thing applies to oil ... essential ... but we can use free market forces to make it cheap ... essential, but very inexpensive ... and at the same time, get out from under unstable regimes and bureaucracies around the world.

There are alternatives to becoming dependent on unstable governments for our oil and our energy ... and the authors describe them in detail.

Besides ethanol, there is also methanol. [Yes, you can't drink methanol, but you can't drink gasoline, either.]

For DETAILED descriptions of Flex-Fuel vehicles and how they work, read Zubrin's book "Energy Victory" and also visit his Web site of the same name. [You can build a Flex-Fuel car for about $100 more than a regular car.]

You also need to read Robert Bryce's book, "Power Hungry".

Read these three and you will have a very positive approach to energy in general and oil in particular.

We are not addicted to oil or to energy ... not any more than we are addicted to air. We need air to live, but we are not addicted to it.

Similarly, we need energy ... to grow food ... to provide transportation ...
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