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A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment

ISBN: 978-0-470-26763-9
256 pages
July 2008
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If you’ve wondered about how America can break links between oil consumption, terrorism, and the war in Iraq, A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment will show you how our country can gain energy independence and solve its energy crisis. Written by a top energy expert, this book outlines seven economically and politically viable ways America can more efficiently use and produce energy. Find out how carbon fuels negatively impact our lives and understand the political framework of the energy crisis.
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Introduction: Why Energy Independence Matters More Than Iraq.

PART ONE: The Problem of America’s Energy Dependence.

Chapter 1: America’s Plunge into Reliance on Foreign Oil.

Chapter 2: A Forgotten Victory Gives Hope: How America Solved Its Last Energy Crisis and Cut Oil Imports in Half.

Chapter 3: Lapsing Back into Oil Addiction: Retreating from Battle under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.

Chapter 4: Blood and Treasure: The Heavy Cost of Dependence on Middle East Oil.

Chapter 5: Fossil Fuels and Global Warming: A Dangerous Experiment with the Planet.

Chapter 6: The Magic and Limits of Market-Based Solutions.

Chapter 7: Seeing through the Ideological Blinders (of the Right and the Left).

PART TWO: Seven Economically and Politically Viable Paths to Energy Independence.

Chapter 8: Solution One: Store Massive Emergency Reserves.

Chapter 9: Solution Two: Drive the Car of the Future.

Chapter 10: Solution Three: Bring Alternative Fuels to Market.

Chapter 11: Solution Four: Plug into an Electric Future.

Chapter 12: Solution Five: Adopt Energy Taxes Liberals and Conservatives Can Like.

Chapter 13: Solution Six: Make Energy Conservation a Patriotic Duty.

Chapter 14: Solution Seven: Throw Some "Hail Marys".

PART THREE: Securing Our National Future.

Chapter 15: What We Need from National Leaders (and from Voters).

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Index.

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Jay Hakes was head of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 2000, where he oversaw the collec-tion and dissemination of America's official energy data and analysis. He has given testimony before congressional committees on more than twenty-five occasions and is currently head of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.
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"Hakes’s insights into the politics of energy make the book especially relevant this voting season, and it would be a good addition…" (Library Journal, September 2008)

"Evenhanded and insightful history…a compelling tutorial for anyone seeking to understand the geopolitical forces that have America over a barrel of oil." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 10, 2008)

"...an outpost of sanity in the mostly absurd babble surrounding the 'energy crisis'" (E & P, September, 2008)

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