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Pickens Plan . . . will it work?
Some of you may be familar with a plan by oil baron T. Boone Pickens to increase wind production to remove the need for natural gas as a source of electricity. The question is will he get the support, and does it make sense?

Oilman T. Boone Pickens says he's pushing his alternative energy proposal to Congress because he knows how to solve the nation's energy problem. He continually brings to mind that we pay $700 billion a year as Americans for oil that is produced outside the US.

His plan is to place an extensive wind farm in the panhandle of Texas. Enough turbines to produce 20% of the nation’s electricity, and completely remove our need for natural gas powered plants. The plan would cost $1 trillion dollars and would be implemented in 10 years.

This in turn would free up the use of natural gas in vehicles. More specifically the commercial use in the nations fleets which account for almost 40% of the fuel burned. 

The harshest criticism he faces is because he is heavily invested in natural gas and wind companies and stands to improve his fortune.
Pickens told CNBC “Let's don't waste time on [the idea] that I'm up here in Washington talking about something that's going to make me money. I've got plenty of money, don't worry about that," "I'm an American and I think I've got the answer to a horrible problem for this country."

 

While he never cites the environment is this still a good thing? Is it self serving?
 
 
 
"I want to elevate the energy debate into the presidential campaign," he said. "If you don't get the energy question solved, you can forget doing health care and education because you aren't going to have the money to do it. We're going to break ourselves on energy if we don't solve the energy problem."
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Posted by Nic Stover at 7/23/2008 3:41:00 PM
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Re:Pickens Plan . . . will it work?
Nic, thanks for this post. First, I think that Mr. Pickens needs to consider Mountain Home to Twin Falls for wind generation.
Second, though I think wind generation can play an important in part of the overall energy plan and I like the video, the analogy is based too much on current energy analysis. The problem, in my opinion is that at some point we are going to reach unsustainable energy demands if we do not have a major shift. It is a perplexing problem for a democratic and capitalistic society. The good news is that we will figure it out. I hope it is soon.
Trey
Posted by on 7/23/2008 8:50 AM
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