Pickens is espousing a renewable energy plan as if he were JFK announcing plans for a manned moon shot in June, 1961.Oil baron Pickens wants to take advantage of the “wind corridor” from Canada to West Texas. The first part of “The Pickens Plan” is a 5,000 mega watt wind, coal and natural gas generating station in Pampa, Texas just northeast of Amarillo. Coal and natural gas would back up the wind turbines during slack times.
We need a thousand more billionaires like Pickens who take seriously the need to get off oil. Certainly the government has been pathetically negligent (save Jimmy Carter) in the near half decade we’ve known our oil supplies would be constrained. Pickens was quoted in a CNN.com story today as saying $600 billion in annual oil imports is the single biggest threat to the U.S. economy. Do ya think? Just look at what the stock market has reacted to for the past month.
Of course, this is the same Pickens who wants to aggressively sell water from Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas panhandle through his company Mesa Water.
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