CBS Picks Pickens' Plan to Pieces
The ironically named Kevin Drum takes on once and former oil man T. Boone Pickens' plan for American energy independence. After CBS' Drum has his wicked way with Pickens' not-so-well publicized personal financial interests in the matter, there's hardly a shred of credibility left upon which the Texan can wipe his ass. So to speak. "So T. Boone Pickens has an energy plan he wants to sell us. The basic idea is simple: Build a bunch of windmills in Texas to generate electricity, and then use the electricity to power electric cars. Voila! Energy independence! No, wait. That's not it at all. What Pickens actually wants to do is use the windmills to replace the electricity from existing power plants that run on natural gas. Then we can use the natural gas to run our cars." Hmmm. "Along with being the country's biggest wind power developer, Pickens owns Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a natural gas fueling station company that is the sole backer of the stealthy Proposition 10 on California's November ballot…. But a closer read finds a laundry list of cash grabs — from $200 million for a liquefied natural gas terminal to $2.5 billion for rebates of up to $50,000 for each natural gas vehicle. Much of the measure's billions could benefit Pickens' company to the exclusion of almost all other clean-vehicle fuels and technology." Is that why GM was talking up CNG cars recently? Hang on; one conspiracy at a time, please.
PCH It’s simply a lie to claim that natural gas plays a dominant role in producing US electricity. That’s clearly false, and something that the Pickens Scam brushes off. Boy can't imagine just what your bug about gas-fired power plants is. I think we've established even to you that natural gas accounts for somewhere from 20 - 30% of electricity. That may not make it the #1 source, but it does make it #2 or #3. And that's pretty impressive. However I'll totally agree w/ you that wind cannot displace natural gas any time soon. Wind only accounts for 1% of electricity generation. Any switch to alternative energy will take a VERY LONG time, and it'll take ages to build enough wind turbines to make it a leading source. As it is everyone in the Wind Power supply chain is absolutely overwhelmed trying to meet orders -- there is a hard limit there of scarce resources, human and material. Something Al Gore, for example, wouldn't comprehend. I think the Pickens plan for wind and natural gas is probably worth trying to the degree it'll help, but one has to be realistic about how long it'll take to make much of a difference. But just because it won't solve all energy problems tomorrow doesn't mean it's some kind of scam.
PCH... I personally think NUCLEAR is better than Natural Gas... There is a finite amount of Natural gas, But nuclear reactions can be made with many different molecules. and besides when those rods build up and we don't have room to store them, we will have saved enough natural resources by not burning oil/ coal ect. We can just shoot all that Nuclear waste shit right out into space! problem solved Mars- earths newest landfill!