“Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence Through Fuel Choice” by Gal Luft “Turning Oil into Salt” was co-authored by Gal Luft and Anne Korin, the co-director of the IAGS and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition. The book describes how, throughout history, the pursuit of strategic commodities has governed world affairs. Centuries ago salt enjoyed a monopoly over food preservation, and securing access to the white mineral shaped the great empires’ international behavior. Today, it is oil that monopolizes our transportation system giving those who control it inordinate power on the world stage. Breaking the oil cartel and oil’s monopoly over transportation fuel is the only way to bring about energy independence, insulate our economy against future oil shocks and win the war on radical Islam. Energy independence is not about the amount of oil we use or import; it’s about turning oil from a strategic commodity second to none to just another commodity.