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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pickens Plan Dead?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 9:03 AM

David Morris, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance thinks it is.  To look at it, you would think Pickens' plan is based almost solely on wind energy.  According to Morris, Pickens wants to stop using natural gas for house-hold energy, and use it power our vehicles instead.  Wind energy would bridge the gap.  Would switching to natural gas really be a long term solution?

The Pickens energy proposal has a fatal flaw. Transforming our transportation fleet to natural gas will require massive investments in new engines and new fueling systems. Although largely buried in the fine print, Pickens isn't proposing to use natural gas to entirely replace transportation fuels derived from oil. His goal is a 20 percent replacement.

So after 15-20 years and the expenditure of tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars we would then have a transportation system still 80 percent dependent on oil and 20 percent dependent on a fossil fuel whose life expectancy is not much longer than oil's.

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