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Turning Oil Into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice Paperback – September 8, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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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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 ...Read more ›
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This brief, informative and stimulating book is a must read for everyone, but especially by anyone in government or the energy industry. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Aaron Liebman
This is a very important book. My husband was fortunate to be able to meet the author. He made some excellent points and we all need to be even more aware of our tremendous... Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Carmen Smith
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... Read morePublished on November 15, 2009 by S. Oppenheimer