Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pickens Picks Wind and Natural Gas

"The Pickens Plan."
"The Pickens Plan" calls for investing in domestic renewable resources such as wind, and switching from oil to natural gas as a transportation fuel.
On the wind side of things:
Pickens' company, Mesa Power, recently announced a $2 billion investment as the first step in a multibillion-dollar plan to build the world's largest wind farm in Pampa, Texas.

Pickens said Tuesday that if the United States takes advantage of the so-called "wind corridor," stretching from the Canadian border to West Texas, energy from wind turbines built there could supply 20 percent or more of the nation's power. He suggested the project could be funded by private investors.
And on the natural gas side of things:
Fueling these plants with wind power would then free up the natural gas historically used to power them, and would mean that natural gas could replace foreign oil as fuel for motor vehicles, he said.

Using natural gas for transportation needs could replace one-third of the United States' imported oil and would save more than $230 billion a year, Pickens said.
So how long until we can see the effect of these changes?
His energy plan could be implemented within 10 years if both Congress and the White House treat the current energy situation as a "national emergency and take immediate action," he predicted.
We better get started.


Scotty said...

There is a Public Discussion Forum for Pickens Energy Plan : www.pickensenergyplan.com
It would be great if you participate there.

Tom said...

Thanks Scotty, I'll go check it out when I get some time!