Sunday, July 13, 2008

Have You Heard This Plan Yet?

Have you heard of The Pickens Plan? I saw a television commercial for it a few days ago and finally went to the web site this morning. The scariest thing is a widget with the current cost of crude oil. I had been looking for one to replace the puppy thing to the right, but I can’t look at that every day.

Anyway, Pickens is a (former?) Texas Oilman pushing a new energy program. This was from a Press Release:

Step #1: Using the United States' wind corridor, private industry will fund the installation of thousands of wind turbines in the wind belt, generating enough power to provide 20 percent or more of our electricity supply

Step #2: Again funded by the private sector, electric power transmission lines will be built, connecting these wind power generating sites with power plants providing energy to the population centers in the Midwest, South, and Western regions of the country.

Step #3: With the energy from wind now available to operate power plants serving the large population centers in key areas of the country, the natural gas that was historically utilized to fuel these power plants can be redirected and used to replace imported gasoline and diesel as a fuel for thousands of vehicles in our transportation system.

I don’t know if this is going to work. Natural gas isn’t exactly a renewable fuel, and it isn’t getting any less expensive to heat my house. But points to Pickens for trying something. You can find the TV ad here.

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