Energy Victory

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-03-24
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
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In this compelling argument for a new direction in US energy policy, world-renowned engineer and best-selling author Robert Zubrin lays out a bold plan for breaking the economic stranglehold that the OPEC oil cartel has on our country and the world. Zubrin presents persuasive evidence that our decades-long relationship with OPEC has resulted in the looting of our economy, the corruption of our political system, and now the funding and protection of terrorist regimes and movements that are committed to our destruction. Debunking the false solutions and myths that have deterred us from taking necessary action, Zubrin exposes the fakery that has allowed many politicians -- including current US president George W Bush -- to posture that they are acting to resolve this problem while actually doing nothing significant toward that goal. Zubrin's plan is straightforward and practical. He argues that if Congress passed a law requiring that all new cars sold in the USA be flex-fuelled -- that is, able to run on any combination of gasoline or alcohol fuels -- this one action would destroy the monopoly that the oil cartel has maintained on the globe's transportation fuel supply, opening it up to competition from alcohol fuels produced by farmers world-wide. According to Zubrin's estimates, within three years of enactment, such a regulation would put 50 million cars on the road in the USA capable of running on high-alcohol fuels, and at least an equal number overseas. This book shows how we could be using fuel dollars that are now being sent to countries with ties to terrorism to help farmers here and abroad, boosting our own economy and funding world development. Furthermore, by switching to alcohol fuels, which pollute less than gasoline and are made from plants that draw carbon dioxide from the air, this plan will facilitate the world-wide economic growth required to eliminate global poverty without the fear of greenhouse warming. Energy Victory offers an exciting vision for a dynamic, new energy policy, which will go a long way toward safeguarding homeland security in the future and provide solutions for global warming and Third World development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 3
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. 5
Prefacep. 11
Note on Units of Measurementp. 15
Energy Independence within a Decadep. 19
Terrorism: Your Gas Dollars at Work (Part 1)p. 33
Corrupting Washington: Your Gas Dollars at Work (Part 2)p. 49
Focus Section: Saudi Interventions into US Policyp. 58
How to Destroy OPECp. 67
Changing the Energy Trump Suitp. 83
The Technology to Break OPEC's Chainsp. 99
The Charlatans Strike Back: The Hydrogen and Pimentel Hoaxesp. 113
The New Alcohol Economy and World Developmentp. 137
Focus Section: Alcohol Alchemyp. 156
The Brazilian Experiencep. 161
Focus Section: The Alcohol Economy versus Narcoterrorismp. 173
Defeating Global Warmingp. 179
Empowering the Futurep. 197
Oil and Powerp. 221
Energy and Statecraftp. 247
Postscript: In Defense of Biofuelsp. 263
Glossaryp. 281
Notesp. 289
Selected Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 335
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