Gusher of Lies by Robert Bryce
The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence

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Everybody is talking about “energy independence.” But is it really achievable—or even desirable? In this controversial, meticulously researched book, Robert Bryce exposes the false promises and political posturing behind the rhetoric. 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 exposes the ethanol scam as one of the longest-running robberies ever perpetrated on American taxpayers. In a new foreword to this edition, he shows how energy independence rhetoric was used during the 2008 election, even as the heavily subsidized ethanol business fueled a growing global food crisis.

About Robert Bryce

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Robert Bryceis one of America’s foremost energy journalists. He is currently the managing editor ofEnergy Tribuneand a contributing writer for theTexas Observer. The author ofPipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of EnronandCronies: 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.
Published March 4, 2008 by PublicAffairs. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Professional & Technical, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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America’s energy discussions contain “far too much religion and far too little science,” writes the author, who carefully, gleefully throttles the meaningless rhetoric driving the cry for energy independence.

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In “Gusher of Lies,” Mr. Bryce, a freelance journalist specializing in energy issues, mounts a savage attack on the concept of energy independence and the most popular technologies currently being promoted to achieve it.

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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 rhe...

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Austin Chronicle

The last time energy expert Robert Bryce appeared in the pages of the Chronicle, he sparked a bloody discussion over his doubts about man-made global warming.

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