Monday, September 8, 2008

Is everyone as tired of T. Boone Pickens’ ads as I am?

He may be a billionaire, he may be a famous oilman, but his simplistic and naive view on how to change America’s dependence on oil is getting on my nerves! I wonder how much he paid to be on Fox News’s coverage of the Republican Convention during prime time. He twitched in his seat appearing to be annoyed with commentators, when they had to interrupt him when speakers came to the floor, somehow giving the impression that his message was far more important then the very Convention he picked to invade!

He talks about CNG (compressed natural gas) as being the answer to our renewable transportation fuel needs. To begin with natural gas IS a fossil fuel, (Nancy Pelosi doesn’t know that), and it is a by-product (usually comes in with an oil well hit.)

Right now we import 15% of the natural gas we have in our country. If we increase our demand by some thousand-fold, by powering our cars with it, wouldn’t the amount we import increase accordingly?

Some sources report that right now CNG costs approximately a comparable .89 per gallon. This in no way does not address the cost of additional infrastructure to set up fueling stations, nor does it address federal, and state road taxes either. Now add the cost for additional imported CNG from the same countries that already hold us hostage.

Now for the other side of the Pickens’s plan……wind power. This almost makes me laugh; yes he is correct that America is in the largest wind belt in the world. What makes this funny is the very same argument that keeps nuclear power plants, refineries, oil drilling, garbage dumps, and other projects from being built. It’s called NOT IN MY BACK YARD!

The very groups that are closely tied to the Democratic Party and masquerade as “eco groups” to avoid scrutiny by the general public, are the ones who lobby against these sorely needed projects.

I say, If you can get the permits Mr. Pickens, knock yourself out and make all this money on electric power generation yourself, but be aware they will fight you tooth and nail, look how Ted Kennedy fought wind power off the coast of his Kennedy family compound.

Please hawk your wares and your book elsewhere, I’m tired of it!


Anonymous said...

I too am sick of watching them, but they reinforce the conservative position of drill here - drill now and expand alternative engery sources all at the same I put up with them.

Anonymous said...

Well said Al....thanks..

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Anonymous said...

Boone Pickens is the devil. check out Roberts County Freshwater Supply District #1, Mesa Water, Mesa Power. He wants to pump water out of the Ogallala Aquifer and sell it to the highest bidder. He wants to do it without any government oversight.