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Huan Yi
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“While Capitol Hill offers partisan bickering, Pickens appears to be offering a solution.  And, as Pickens is prepared to spend $58 million to promote his plan,4 his advocacy could have an enormous impact on America’s energy policy for decades to come.
But while Pickens appears confident, his claims raise questions.  Has oil production finally and irrevocably peaked, as Pickens claims?  Why use wind power instead of nuclear power?  Are natural gas-powered vehicles a viable alternative to gasoline-powered cars, and would switching to them improve America’s security?  What does Pickens believe the federal government should do to make his plan a reality?  Might he or the firms he owns benefit financially from such federal aid?”

http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA574.html


I saw Pickens’ commercials over the weekend
and thought to post the above article for consideration
in response.


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Thanks, Huan, looks like an interesting read.
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I did read the article, Huan, very interesting and really quite complicated. No doubt some will think of it as sort of a money making scam.

The best part for me came after reading the article.  Googled wind farms and was surprised to learn there are quite a few huge ones already in operation, some not a great distance from where I live.

Fascinating to watch them, almost surreal. What I haven't had a chance to get into yet is how they might impact the environment, wildlife, etc.

Thanks for bringing up the topic.  
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No doubt some will think of it as sort of a money making scam.


I think I fall into that category.

That's largely due to the fact that Boone has already admitted that he’s planning on making a lot of money out of his plan - which is fine by me. Peak oil is a reality and whatever replaces our reliance on oil is obviously going to cost us money and as sure as eggs is eggs someone’s going to benefit off the back of supplying us with energy. At the moment it’s the oil companies, in the future it may well be Boone and the wind farm owners.

My only concern is that Boone may be interested in more than just wind - he may have his eyes on water too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70HFEHB6dag&feature=related
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     There is a lot to be said in favor of natural gas, especially as a transitional fuel.  I think nuclear leaves a lot of potential long term consequences that we haven't a way of dealing with, at least not one that I'm aware of.

     I would like to hear Mr. Pickens address the dangers of LNG, however, and how to deal with them.  Each LNG tanker packs an atomic bomb's worth of energy into a pretty small space, and they deliver their payloads within spitting distance of major ports and cities.  Successfully target one of these giant  tanker ships outside New York or Boston Harbor, or—worse—inside those harbors, and you have lost not only a large and populous city with all its people, but the infrastructure that goes with it.

     The proposition Mr. Pickens offers is one that demands serious consideration in all its aspects.

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In general I think Pickens is a pretty good guy, particularly after all the millions he has given Oklahoma State U. I also think a lot of what he proposes just makes good sense. Many busses and other commercial vehicles in oklahoma have run on CNG for 20 years or so (we do have a lot of it). Western Oklahoma and into the Texas panhandle has some of the best wind in the country and there are a bunch of turbines in the area. That said though, Grinch has hit it spot on. Pickens is heavily invested in wind power and that water deal with the possibility of getting immenent domain for a big pipeline really brings his true motives into question. Although much of his proposal is sure to be good for the country is he really thinking of good for Boone?
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I'm going to read that, I've been seeing his commercials and I'm interested in what he's talking about.
 
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