Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of 'Energy Independence'

Robert Bryce is a respected commentator on the energy industry. He writes for Atlantic Monthly, the Guardian and The Nation, and he has written books about Enron and about the oil industry in Texas. In "Gusher of Lies", he confronts politicians and entrepeneurs who claim that the United States should/could become "energy independent" at any time in the forseeable future. He shows why biofuels, wind, and solar power cannot make a significant difference, and how E85 "Flexfuel" cars and SUV's increase gasoline consumption while allowing manufacturers to claim higher gas mileage. Advocates of wind power nearly always talk about the amount and cost of installed capacity, and seldom about the amount of power actually generated, or the need to have equivalent amounts of base power generation available when the wind isn't blowing. While providing lots of useful facts and statistics about energy, for arguments with ethanolics, this book could change you from skeptical to a cynical about energy.

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Robert Bryce

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008