- On this page you can read the INTRODUCTION
(in a few scans) of my book ("US
ENERGY POLICY: Scared Ostrich Syndrome (A Dozen Years
Closer to Doomsday)", where
I summarized the reasons for writing it. Although it was
submitted in 1991 to a dozen publishers of which several replied, none
was interested in publishing it. A couple of them recommended me
to hire an editor to improve the style. I did not do that. I
still keep to original copies.
- For the most part, the
motivating factor was the injustice I suffered from Business Week Magazine.
On the first chapter, I describe
the state of energy affairs in America, circa 1979 (boils down to: a
lot of inept "energy experts", and a lot of blame
on someone else (the oil producers' greed).
- On the page titled "1991
Update" (button above) I cover in greater detail the current
events -in that era- that motivated me to find the time for this
writing effort. I explain what caused the previous energy crisis of the mid
1970's, and what have been done to correct the problem since 1979 and
up until 1991 when I wrote that "S.O.S." book. Not
much! Basically, there was total
inaction from the part of our government to deal seriously with the
energy issue (in a responsible, and effective manner).
- The fear of antagonizing
voters with unpleasant propositions is perhaps the biggest
stumbling block. Crisis-averting solutions have been started but soon
abandoned when election day comes close. Such as, (a)
the heavy tax on
gas to discourage consumption (as the Europeans have done) or (b) a push for
stricter regulations in automobile mile-per-gallon standards (to discourage -in particular-
SUVs and RVs, and to promote a higher car-load factors or
- Lack of action is tolerated by our perceived-as-successful
faire" attitude, in many policy affairs within our political
- The fact that our political system
-as currently designed- favors Lawyers over
Scientists on congressional chairs does not help either. In
my opinion, most attorneys do not have much a clue or scientific
understanding of energy issues.
- In the "Preamble" page I
describe how my interest in fossil fuels came about.