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A Saudi official stands in front of a giant Saudi oil industry picture at a hotel in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, June 21, 2008, ahead of a major oil summit. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

A Saudi official stands in front of a Saudi oil industry picture at a hotel in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, June 21, 2008, ahead of a major oil summit. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

“Energy independence,” the idea that America must break its addiction to foreign oil, is a big theme of the ’08 presidential race. In fact presidents since Richard Nixon have argued that powering cars and heating homes with crude from unstable and unfriendly countries puts our national security at risk.

Or does it? Our guest today, Robert Bryce, an outspoken contrarian on energy policy, has a different view of things. On the one hand, he’s got solar panels on his house. But he says the idea of energy independence is a “dangerous delusion” in a global economy. Forget energy independence, he says. America’s best way forward is energy interdependence.

This hour, On Point: Is America over a barrel? A controversial voice in the energy debate.

You can join the conversation. Do you think America’s reliance on foreign oil puts this country’s national security at risk? Can the U.S. afford to take itself out of the global market for oil? Tell us what you think.

Guests:

Joining us from Austin, Texas, is Robert Bryce. He’s the managing editor of Energy Tribune magazine and has written on energy for twenty years. His latest book is “Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence.” You can read excerpts from the book that appeared in The Texas Observer.

Joining us from Rockville, Maryland is Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and chair of the Set America Free Coalition, an alliance that promotes ways to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

And joining us from Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is Miriam Horn. She’s on the staff of Environmental Defense Fund and is co-author, with Fred Krupp, of “Earth: The Sequel—The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.”

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