A Declaration of Energy Independence offered a viable plan for ending American dependence on foreign oil.

This book showed how freedom from foreign oil could improve national security, our economy, and the environment.

Between rising oil prices, global instability, and environmental degradation, most Americans in 2008 acknowledged the need for energy independence. Yet the political dialog tended to focus on the most extreme positions, leaving most citizens scratching their heads about what to do. A Declaration of Energy Independence took a nonpartisan, honest approach to these fundamental questions and obliterated the political and economic myths of both conservatives and liberals.

Jay Hakes combined real facts and solid science with historical context to ask the right questions and propose the best answers. After educating readers on the historical context, Hakes went on to offer a seven-point plan for breaking free from the costly energy trap and enhancing American influence abroad. After publication of this book, the United States cut its oil imports in half.



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  • "Lessons from Energy History for the Use of Presidential Emergency Powers," Real Clear Energy, March 18, 2019.
  • Articles in Real Clear Energy, 2018. 
  • "Should We Drill Everywhere?" Real Clear Policy, January 12, 2018.
  • "Historical Perspectives on the Panama Canal Treaties, " Real Clear World, April 19, 2018.
  • "The EPA's Quest to Unravel the Clean Power Plan," Real Clear Policy, October 12, 2017.
  • 'The President from Plains," South Writ Large, Winter 2017.
  • Articles in Real Clear Energy, 2017.
  • Articles in Real Clear Energy, 2016.
  • Articles in Real Clear Energy, 2015.
  • "Confrontation or Consensus? The Roots of Carter's Energy Policies," in Robert Lifset, ed., American Energy Policy in the 1970s (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).
  • "The Road to America's First Energy Crisis: New Insights on the Growing Weakness of the United States as a Global Energy Power, 1967-1973," H-Energy (June 2013).
  • "A Decidedly Valuable and Dangerous Fuel," Journal of American History (June 2012), pp. 19-23.  (Introduction to special issue on the history of oil.)  


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 Reviews of A Declaration of Energy Independence


Hakes .... tells the story of failures and surprising successes in federal energy policies of the last forty years, and where we need to go in the future. Both a careful scholar and a realistic veteran of state and federal government, Hakes has written an important book that provides workable solutions to our nation's energy problems.  Former President Jimmy Carter

Read a Declaration of Energy Independence by Jay Hakes...  a concise three-part argument that we have, in the USA, put ourselves on a path to energy independence in the past (during the Nixon-Ford-Carter decade) but that it was consciously unraveled by all the administrations that have followed;  that we can and must 'do it again'; and, finally, that we can do it in a way that integrates the imperatives arising from the realities of global warming produced by the excessive reliance on carbon-based fuels. The Atlantic

…  a compelling tutorial for anyone seeking to understand the geopolitical forces that have America over a barrel of oil.... a fact-filled but very readable analysis of America's energy policy and its impacts ...  Stacy Shelton — Atlanta Journal Constitution

— Boy — did “A Declaration of Energy Independence” fill out my education. It’s a great read and offers some very creative solutions.
Jim Bohannon  The Jim Bohannon Show

— “If you get a chance to read Hakes’ book, I think you will find it an outpost of sanity in the mostly absurd babble surrounding the ‘energy crisis.’” -- Bill Pike, Editor in Chief, E&P

— “Energy policy is a complex issue, but Jay Hakes deftly explains it in A Declaration of Energy Independence. His style is clear and concise. The nonpartisan approach should appeal to readers of every political stripe, and Hakes’ grasp of the scientific, political, and economic aspects lend credibility to his arguments.” - Cynthia Murphy — Front Street Reviews

— ... Hakes‘s insights into the politics of energy make the book especially relevant this voting season... Library Journal Review by Robert Eagan