Synopses & Reviews
A surprising, irreverent, and scrupulously reported deconstruction of today's fashions in energy policy.
Everybody is talking about "energy independence." But is it really achievable? Is it actually even desirable? In this controversial, meticulously researched book, Robert Bryce exposes the false promises behind the rhetoric while blasting nearly everybody Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, and war-mongering neoconservatives for misleading voters about our energy needs.
Gusher of Lies explains why the idea of energy independence appeals to voters while also showing that renewable sources like wind and solar cannot meet America's growing energy demand. Along the way, Bryce eviscerates the ethanol scam. Whether the issue is cost, water consumption, or food prices, corn ethanol is one of the longest-running robberies ever perpetrated on American taxpayers.
Consumers concerned about peak oil and the future of global energy supplies need to understand that energy security depends on embracing free markets and the realities of interdependence. Gusher of Lies is illuminating, vital reading.
"In this often caustic and thought-provoking book, Bryce (Pipe Dreams, Cronies), a self-described 'charter member of the Disgusted Party ...a raging moderate who leans toward the libertarian,' attempts to debunk the pervasive call for U.S. energy independence, arguing that despite continuous rhetoric from all sides to the contrary, energy independence is neither 'doable nor desirable.' The book gives a short history of oil, delineating the gradual shift of power from Texas to OPEC to foreign markets and the escalating U.S. militarization of the Persian Gulf to try to maintain energy security. Bryce contends that 'energy demand will almost surely continue rising' and the proposed alternatives-biofuels, wind and solar energy-are chimeras, preventing Americans from confronting the reality that we 'will be relying on fossil fuels for years to come.' The book argues that, rather than try to militarily control oil-rich nations to secure our energy needs, the US should accept that energy trading is global and pursue diplomatic routes to assure open, healthy and efficient markets. Despite the wisdom and lucidity of his analysis, Bryce's arguments are undermined by his curmudgeonly attacks on environmental activists on the left and right, and his stance as apparently one of the last remaining global warming skeptics somewhat cripples his credibility." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Meticulously researched with copious facts...this illuminating and sometimes witty work offers another view of the current state of energy." Library Journal
A surprising, irreverent, and scrupulously reported deconstruction of today's fashions in energy policy
About the Author
Robert Bryce is one of America's foremost energy journalists. He is currently the managing editor of Energy Tribune and a contributing writer for the Texas Observer. The author of Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron and Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate, he lives in Austin with his wife, Lorin, their three children, and a hyperactive bird dog named Biscuit.