In his own words . . .
Even as a child, I closely followed politics, yet I have never been political. I was a scholar, but have never worked in academia. Until now, I have never appeared on cable news, written an op-ed, or spoken at a political rally. I am not a grizzled political operative, nor an ivory tower professor. I am a person who has spent his life working in the real world where dollars are real and costs matter.
I come from a middle class background. I grew up in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, in western North Carolina. I had great, encouraging parents. I went to public schools, where I got what I believe was a good education from teachers that, as a whole, took a serious interest in my development. I was a very lucky kid.
Good grades, high test scores, and a healthy measure of extracurricular activities afforded me the opportunity to go to a college that was much more expensive than my parents and I could have otherwise been able to afford. Ultimately, I chose Wake Forest University. Then, I went into banking. After a few years with one of the majors, my entreprenurial spirit kicked in, and I left to found a new independent investment banking firm. At first, we financed mostly commercial real estate, but then things started to change.
Not long after 9/11, an opportunity crossed my desk which led me into the world of energy. Gradually, I began to work less with real estate developers and more with developers of capital assets in the energy world. Either by chance or by destiny, I started to learn about some truly remarkable technologies. These technologies were each quite amazing, but eventually it became clear that the real magic came with combining them. Taken together, they provided a real answer to a long-standing Achilles heel for America, dependence on foreign oil.
After some considerable soul searching, I decided that there was only one way to use the knowledge I had gained. I had to write a book and share what I had learned with the world. You see, for an effort toward energy independence to succeed, I knew that it would take much more capital and manpower than one man could ever muster.
I honestly care about this country. I really, really do. I feel so blessed to have been born here with all of the opportunities and freedom that comes with it. I am part of what seems to be a dying breed, a person who truly appreciates the extraordinary gift that it is to be American. I had to do what I could for America because I believe our country is in danger, and I know how to help.
My book will tell you a lot about technologies that are largely unfamiliar to most people. It will tell you how much they cost to put in play and how much they cost to operate. It will show you that we can produce fuel in the US at prices that are very much competitive with the petroleum market at current levels. It will also tell you why energy independence is so important, illuminating the political and economic damage America has suffered and continues to face at the hands of foreign oil.
America is in a tight spot. Our country has made a lot of mistakes over the last century, and my book certainly has a healthy dose of retrospection, but it is really about the future. Will America continue down a path that leads to economic hardship, enrichment for our enemies, and, in all likelihood, wars? Or will we chart a different course? We have a historic opportunity, and I hope we seize it. This book was written to help Americans make the right choice.