Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil

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Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil. By Robert Zubrin. Amherst, N. Y.: Prometheus Books, 2007 and 2009. 336 pp. $25.95 ($19.98, paper).

With oil prices dropping dramatically over the past few months, many Americans no longer feel a sense of urgency in dealing with the challenge of our growing oil dependence. Zubrin' s book is a reminder of why it could be a costly mistake to put the issue on the back burner. Zubrin, an aerospace engineer, argues correctly that the root of our energy problem lies in a lack of liquid fuel choice: The global transportation sector is 96 percent dominated by petroleum. At the same time, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), despite its control of 78 percent of global reserves and its inclusion of two new members, Angola and Ecuador in 2007, produces today almost as much oil as it did thirty-five years ago just before the 1973 Arab oil embargo.

The oil cartel's growing control over the world's oil and its ability to manipulate supply and prices are a real and dangerous threat to the West. Zubrin' s solution: an open fuel standard requiring that every car sold in America be a flex-fuel vehicle capable of running on any combination of gasoline and alcohol (ethanol and methanol. …

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