Freedom from Mid-East Oil
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Praise for Freedom from Mid-East Oil
“We owe Jerry Brown, Rinaldo Brutoco, and James Cusumano a huge debt for writing Freedom from Mid-East Oil. If we follow the very practical ideas in this book, we can quickly move beyond our oil addiction which poses a great threat to the world in the 21st century. However, this book goes beyond that. Oil addiction, global warming, ecological devastation, social injustice, extreme ecological disparities, racial poverty, war and terrorism, and Hurricane Katrina, are all interdependent and linked to each other. The practical steps offered in this book could literally save our world.”
—Deepak Chopra, President of the Alliance for a New Humanity
"This stimulating synthesis provides a roadmap for solving the oil and climate problems simultaneously. The World Business Academy's Prometheus Plan in Freedom from Mid-East Oil exemplifies the business leadership necessary to begin the profitable transition beyond oil."
—Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute and World Business Academy Fellow
"I welcome the Prometheus Plan in Freedom from Mid-East Oil as a practical way to boost US securityand help grow our green economy....all based on existing technologies. Instead of continuing to fund terrorism by relying on Middle East oil, we can invest in all the viable, homegrown US sources: solar, wind, efficient biofuels, geothermal, ocean energy and proven efficiency technologies. The bargain of the century! This Plan can help create millions of new jobs in the "sustainability sectors" of our economy, and boost our exports as well."
—Hazel Henderson, author, ETHICAL MARKETS: Growing the Green Economy
Freedom from Mid-East Oil, by Jerry Brown, Rinaldo Brutoco, and Jim Cusumano, of the World Business Academy, is the kind of rigorous analysis of our energy future that is desperately needed in the dialogue about initiatives and options that is beginning to consume our American energy consciousness. Bravo to the authors for devoting the time and energy to do this critical work in such a painstaking fashion.
The rapid run-up in energy costs of the last three years, and the impact of scenes like New Orleans in early September 2005, in conjunction with the political upheaval in the Middle East since 9/11, has had the effect of moving the realities of our energy society and its impact on the earth into mainstream consciousness. Petroleum, as a primary energy source, has served us well for almost 150 years, but, as a non-renewable resource, its use in the staggering proportions of today cannot continue. And the effect of burning hydrocarbons in the proportions we are doing today is clearly having a devastating impact on the ecosystem that sustains human life. As these realities have emerged into full consciousness, the question has clearly evolved into one of, “how do we get to the point where our use of hydrocarbons is reduced to sustainable levels, giving us the time to develop more eco-friendly, longer-term energy sources?”
Messrs. Brown, Brutoco, and Cusumano provide an excellent possible roadmap through the forest of how. This is exactly the kind of analysis that we, the American people and our leadership, need to begin the work to move to a new energy world. The Native American saying that, "we don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children," highlights the importance of this work. The vision beyond hydrocarbons that this work provides is a valuable gift to all of our children.”
—Robert D. Wagner, Jr., Veteran senior banker to the oil and gas businesses of Texas and former President of The Petroleum Club of Houston.