Posts Tagged ‘T. Boone Pickens’

Pickens criticizes API report

January 5, 2011

As reported by Rod Walton in Tulsa World, T. Boone Pickens, criticized the latest energy report by the America Petroleum Institute (API).  

“No one should be fooled by this report or surprised by its focus,” Pickens said in a statement after API President and CEO Jack Gerard’s address at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “This is, after all, a group that includes and represents foreign oil companies, interests and holdings.

“The API ignores the fact that you cannot address the national security and economic threat of OPEC dependency without focusing on transportation; that accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. oil use.”

One things for certain–we really don’t have a cohesive energy policy in this country.  Here’s hoping for change in 2011?

Thanks,
Mike

Pickens’s Wind Farm Stalls–The Need for Energy-Efficiency Doesn’t!

July 9, 2009

Just last week I suggested that we lead with energy-efficiency and that wind farms in Texas weren’t going to solve our energy problems.  And yesterday, we get word that the tycoon T. Boone Pickens’s plans for such a farm have stalled.  As suggested,

“In Texas, the problem lies in getting power from the proposed site in the panhandle to a distribution system, Pickens said in an interview with The Associated Press in New York. He’d hoped to build his own transmission lines but he said there were technical problems.”

See the story, and the old commercial at http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/07/t_boone_pickens_wind_farm_plan.html

This issue isn’t limited to wind–it would affect coal, nukes, solar, anything where we want to generate massive amount of electricity one place and then move it somewhere else.  Generation alone won’t get us where we need to be. 

Thanks,
Mike

The Buzz About Electricity

July 31, 2008

As my home state of Vermont’s aging and ailing nuclear reactor is in the news a lot right now, I’ve been thinking a lot about where we get our electricity and what it means.  
 
I bet most people would be surprised to learn that the U.S. still gets more than 50% of its electricity from coal.  Yes, coal, the same stuff that you might imagine Oliver Twist scrounging around in the gutters for.  There’s a nice little film, Kilowatt Ours that has been quietly winning awards and acclaim.  The filmmaker, Jeff Barrie, shows us the results of our energy appetite, and he shows us how we can take steps, little steps and big steps, to start changing the equation.
 
Electricity has been in the news for other reasons.  Last week Al Gore challenged the U.S. to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.   And Texas oil tycoon and investor T. Boone Pickens—someone generally not taken as a treehugger—is setting out to  build the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas.   We’re going to be hearing a lot about electricity, and energy in general, in the coming year, including how it affects our security, our economy, and our environment.
 
As we do, remember that the least expensive and critical first step for us to take control of our energy future is efficiency and conservation.  The less energy we use, and the smarter we use it, the easier it is the meet our needs whether we’re talking about nuclear, wind, solar, or a bicycle power generator.  And we don’t have to wait for new exotic technology—we can start saving today.

-Mike


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