Jon Stewart Vivisects 'Energy Independence"

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"Love it or hate it葉here are no viable replacements for crude oil."

We live in the age of video. As a writer, particularly one who writes books, that fact is rather painful. But the reality is that television, and increasingly, Internet video is the dominant medium of our time.

In my third book, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence," I took 291 pages to examine nearly every aspect of America's interdependence with the global market in everything from crude oil to chromium. I looked at the history of U.S. oil production, the myriad outrages of the corn ethanol scam and discussed how the increasing integration of the global market would likely thwart America's efforts to isolate Iran.

And while I'm still proud of Gusher, I am chastened. No matter how I might try, I can't compete with Comedy Central and Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show." In less than eight minutes, this video by Stewart is more effective at destroying the notion of "energy independence" than I was in an entire book. And he does it with so much glee and style that I'm left more than a little envious. The segment is hilarious. And the hilarity comes naturally as it uses video clips from the last eight presidents, showing how each one has been bold in their promises to rid the US of its "addiction" to oil. Jimmy Carter wanted to use solar energy. Gerald Ford talked about coal. George W. Bush hyped the merits of cellulosic ethanol. And then there's President Obama, who, alas, used the phrase "energy independence" during his recent Oval Office speech.

America desperately needs someone in power to speak honestly about the essentiality of hydrocarbons to the global economy. The country needs someone who will point out that様ove it or hate it葉here are no viable replacements for crude oil.

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