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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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  • 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: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Newt has the right idea and good insight. This is a little outdated with major finds happening in the past few years.

The US should be using every available resource for gathering all the energy we can from our own resources instead of spending our dollars to people who hate and undermine the US.

The green movement as always is too far ahead of itself promoting pipe dreams and "ideas". We will not see anything green for decades.

BTW this book will be updated with new information in the coming weeks.
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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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I sure did. In 2008, I payed 20 dollars to fill up my entire tank with gas. I am paying 50-60 dollars now, but of course one week before the election I can exclaim, "I ONLY PAID 48 DOLLARS TO FILL UP MY TANK!" Wow, has gas gone down miraculously at the last minute.

In 2008, I paid 20 dollars to fill up my dead empty gas tank with gas. TWENTY DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!

Once, I realized that Newt Gingrich was a guy with an incredibly knowledgeable noggin, and that the books he wrote were incredibly substantive, much more so than most of the blarney I heard and believed in Massachusetts, I visited his web sites, read his books, would go to see him speak in person at publicized events in and around his home state of Georgia.

TWENTY DOLLARS!!!!!!! DRILL BABY DRILL. DRILL HERE DRILL NOW PAY LESS.

The reason that gas was so cheap, (and you can keep on saying rotten, stinking things about the Speaker), BUT the real reason gas was so cheap in 2008 was because there was a Drill here, drill now, pay less initiative with many persons, myself included, signing petitions to Congress, asking, urging, pleading, kicking screaming, marching, to lower gas prices.

TWENTY DOLLARS! I paid $1.15/gallon for gas in December of 2008. I will never forget that day.

Thank you Mr. Speaker for all that you do. This book contains a lot of information about current scientific techniques for energy production. And for that reason is an excellent resource to educate oneself on energy production possibilities.
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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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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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