In 1974, Richard Nixon promoted the possibility of U.S. energy independence in six years. In 1975, Gerald Ford promised it in ten. And in 2007, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John Edwards and John McCain all trumpeted energy independence as an essential priority for the next president.
In 2007, six books were published hailing energy independence as the answer to everything from global warming to terrorism. But what is energy independence? Is it possible?
In Gusher of Lies (2008) Robert Bryce breaks down and debunks the myth of energy independence.
In addition to his most recent book, Bryce is also 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 is managing editor of Energy Tribune, and a contributing writer for the Texas Observer- Cato Institute
Robert Bryce's articles have appeared in dozens of publications including the Atlantic Monthly, Slate, New York Times, Washington Post, American Conservative, The Nation, Washington Spectator and The Guardian.
His first book, Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron, received good reviews and was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly.
His second book, Cronies: Oil, the Bushes, and the Rise of Texas, America's Superstate, was published 2004. Bryce spent 12 years writing for the Austin Chronicle.
He now works as the managing editor of Energy Tribune, a Houston-based newsletter. He is also a contributing writer at the Texas Observer.
He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows that have aired on the BBC, MSNBC, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition, he's been on CNN's Inside Politics, PBS's The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Talk of the Nation. He has been writing about the American energy business since 1989. He lives in Austin, Texas.
As a senior fellow, Jerry Taylor challenges the "market failure" critique of free markets as they pertain to energy policy and environmental protection. Under his direction, the Cato Institute has become a critic of federal and state environmental policy.
Taylor is active on the lecture circuit in energy and environmental policy in the nation. He has served on numerous congressional advisory bodies and has testified over a dozen times at hearings on Capitol Hill. Taylor is the author of numerous studies and journal essays on energy and environmental issues, and has contributed to several anthologies, including Market Liberalism: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century, The Cato Handbook for Congress, and China as a Global Economic Power: Market Reforms and the New Millennium, and Earth Report 2000: Revisiting the True State of the Planet.
He is a frequent contributor to prominent newspapers and magazines, and has written for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Additionally, Taylor is a regular commentator on Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and the BBC.
Well, one idea I have had for a "super battery" is this:
Take the Hadron Collider (or a simlar structure) and mount a spinning hoop in it. The hoop is made up of relatively powerful permanent magnets. Have the hoop supported in a vacuum tube, and suspended by external permanent magnets (i.e. frictionless).
With the enormous diameter of the "fly-hoop" (not fly-wheel) you can spin it to a great speed with a minimal centrifugal force. This in turn allows you to mechanically store a [potentially] massive amount of energy per-mass of the flywheel.
It could function as an efficient (and massive) mechanical capacitor, to iron our the peaks and troughs of wind/solar energy supply.
Have offshore windmills that pump water into a high hill-top reservoir. From here it operates like a hydrodam - and the higher the reservior, the more efficient it will be (as you move less water under higher pressure, rather than more water under lower pressure...same dynmaic as getting the voltage up with electricity).
This could work in countries like New Zealand.
And what about GEOTHERMAL?