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T. Boone Pickens Should Top Romney-Ryan Appointment List
Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Bob Barr

Posted on 08/15/2012 6:19:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

With only the formality of the Republican National Convention standing between them and the November election, the “Comeback Team” of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan has a little less than three months in which to convince a majority of the American electorate it is better equipped to govern the country for the next four years than its Democrat counterpart. If these two Republican leaders wish to get a jump start on accomplishing that goal, there is one person with whom they quickly should set up an appointment – Texan T. Boone Pickens.

Romney noted in his speech last Saturday at which he announced Wisconsin Rep. Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate, that working to achieve “North American energy independence” was one of the top priorities of his campaign. Words, of course, are important; but if in fact the GOP presidential candidate is serious about accomplishing that goal, he should waste no time in scheduling a trip to Dallas and visit with Pickens.

Such a move would not only underscore the Republican Party’s commitment to developing a comprehensive national energy policy, but demonstrate it understands what it will take to do so. This would show also that the GOP standard bearers are not afraid to seek the assistance of those who truly understand what a winning energy strategy will entail.

Drawing a clear difference with the current administration on energy policy will not be difficult for the Romney-Ryan team.

During his first four years in office, President Obama has done nothing to move America closer to energy independence. In fact, the current administration’s drive toward the mirage of “green energy” -- as exemplified by the multi-hundred million dollar Solyndra scandal - - coupled with its heavy-handed regulatory edicts, has made us more rather than less dependent on foreign energy sources. Even Obama’s legislative failures – most notably the “cap and trade” proposal he championed prior to losing his Party’s majority in the House of Representatives two years ago -- would have worsened our energy- dependent position.

Stacked up against the Obama Administration’s failed energy policy – the U.S. now imports some 60% of the oil we use -- the Romney-Ryan team has an excellent opportunity to seize the initiative on this one aspect of federal policy that could not only assist in turning around the economy, but help secure economic stability for generations.

And there is no need for the Republicans to reinvent the wheel in this regard. Pickens has mapped it out for them. In the past four years, this legendary Texas entrepreneur has crisscrossed the country touting the need to develop alternate energy sources. The “Pickens Plan” provides a workable blueprint for unleashing the potential of resources sitting untapped inside the United States’ borders; at the same time offering diversity in sources of energy that could be utilized to keep the economy thriving.

As Pickens has noted, the U.S. currently relies heavily on oil produced by OPEC nations. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service in April, the United States spent “$327 billion on net oil imports in 2011.” Especially when considered in the context of the $1 trillion budget deficit the federal government will rack up this fiscal year, our reliance on foreign oil serves neither our national security nor our economic interests. It only empowers our allies-of-convenience and our potential adversaries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Is the Pickens Plan perfect? No. Would its author insist on rigid adherence to every jot and tittle as the price for helping the GOP craft and articulate a workable and comprehensive energy independence platform to present to the voters over the course of the coming campaign? Of course not; Pickens is too good a businessman to make such a demand.

A sit-down with Pickens would be a session from which both Romney and Ryan would emerge with a deeper understanding of the true cost of continuing the energy-policy status quo. More important, they would be learning from a man who has been phenomenally successful since the 1950s in identifying and implementing real solutions to the energy needs of American businesses and consumers.

Go ahead. Call Pickens. It could be one of the most important calls of the entire campaign.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: appointment; campaign2012; energy; mittromney; pickens; swiftboat; swiftboating; tboonepickens
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1 posted on 08/15/2012 6:19:23 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t this guy(Pickens) pushing wind energy a little while ago?


2 posted on 08/15/2012 6:24:13 AM PDT by MetaThought
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To: MetaThought

Yeah, and the subsidies needed to go with it. (He called it a taxpayer investment or the ever popular “Public private partnership”.


3 posted on 08/15/2012 6:26:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin

Right. Might want to call in Warren Buffett if you are going to seek the advice of crony capitalists!


4 posted on 08/15/2012 6:26:35 AM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: Kaslin

I agree. When expert advise is needed you don’t go to the nearest fortune teller.


5 posted on 08/15/2012 6:27:53 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Kaslin

Pickens is shilling a lot for NG these days as he is all in on it. I like Boone, made a lot of money following him in the 80s especially. Given our NG surpluses and its potential use as an independent energy source for the US, having him on the team or even as an advisor would be a good move. He would be the perfect foil to Obama’s accedemic crowd running the energy department and looking for a rabbit hole “clean” energy source in the middle of the proverbial ocean.

Romney has to be careful here though because if he begins touting Pickens, he will get clobbered with the rich are for the rich crap that is spewing out of the Obama camp. Of course having someone with on the ground skills verses some pie in the sky theorist who has gotten nowhere would make for a wonderful stage to exhibit more of Obama’s incompentence.


6 posted on 08/15/2012 6:31:23 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Kaslin

Right. And put Ted Turner in charge of the FCC.


7 posted on 08/15/2012 6:31:47 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Kaslin

T Boone pushes what is best for T Boone whether it is subsidies for the wind farms he used to own or for natural gas vehicles that would increase demand for the natural gas supply he owns.


8 posted on 08/15/2012 6:33:29 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: Kaslin

I have tons of respect for people like Pickens and Trump but they are so used to their money making things happen that the real world of politics frustrates them and they “vote” their pocket too much.


9 posted on 08/15/2012 6:33:58 AM PDT by vet7279
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To: Kaslin

T-Boone’s natural gas plan for motor fuels would sure help. The biggest problem is so few CNG fueling stations.

Obviously we, and maybe the whole world, has plenty of natural gas. US Natural gas production is so high its driven the price through the floor.


10 posted on 08/15/2012 6:34:02 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Kaslin
Boone Pickens?

No thank you.

Four years ago he campaigned for thousands of government subsidized windmills in Texas and sought billions of dollars in government subsidies to build the power lines to carry the electricity.

Whoops, never mind...

Two years ago he changed his mind completely.

Then he decided he wanted billions in government subsidies to convert commercial truck engines to run on natural gas and billions more in government largess to build gas pipelines and fueling stations.

The guy is like Newt Gingrich...

A serial fantasist.

Every time he [they] hear an interesting technology idea, he goes on TV and dreams out loud until financial and engineering reality laughs him out of town.

11 posted on 08/15/2012 6:36:01 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin

no way, t.boone is corrupt. He favor tax payers subsiding green energy esp his company


12 posted on 08/15/2012 6:37:58 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: MetaThought

Picken’s Wind Power push got killed because of insufficient electric transmission lines from Texas Panhandle and natural gas making electricity much cheaper and more reliably than wind.


13 posted on 08/15/2012 6:38:18 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: MetaThought
Yes. Pickens was pushing wind energy in order to get Government funding for his wind energy investments. Think creating his own Solondra (sp).

I have come to the conclusion that T. Boone Pickens is only another opportunist looking for tax dollars to fund his ventures.

14 posted on 08/15/2012 6:39:26 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Kaslin
No. T. Boone is a snake, and is a great example of how to use the government to advance your own business interests and limit competition.
15 posted on 08/15/2012 6:41:09 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: 4rcane
no way, t.boone is corrupt

Bingo. T. Boone is for T. Boone.
16 posted on 08/15/2012 6:41:27 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 4rcane

t-boon was once asked in an interview if he would invest in wind energy without government and he answered that there must be government or he wont invest in it. t-boon is like those wall street bankers right now demanding taxpayers guarantee mortgages, so if heads bankers win, tails taxpayers loses.


17 posted on 08/15/2012 6:44:29 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: MetaThought

Yes, and not only that, the timing of his ads seemed to be a direct rebuttal to “Drill here, drill now.” I certainly got the impression that Pickens was campaigning for Obama.


18 posted on 08/15/2012 6:47:07 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Kaslin
Pickens made a ~$1 billion commitment to buy hundreds of GE wind turbines for a massive wind farm near Pampa, TX BEFORE he had transmission capacity to get all that wind energy to market.

Upon learning he had no transmission access, Pickens cancelled his order and struck a deal with GE to quietly market all those wind turbines to other buyers so as not to have a public squabble, lawsuits, and a massive turbine inventory in storage.

Wind Energy Development 101: FAIL

19 posted on 08/15/2012 6:47:18 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Kaslin

He’s a loose cannon - only out for his best interests. Which is fine... but to be part of a campaign, you have to be out for the candidate’s best interests.


20 posted on 08/15/2012 6:47:18 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Kaslin

T. Boone Pickens would provide a steady stream of financial scandal fodder which would allow the Democrats and their MSM allies to pick the Romney Administration to pieces in a first term.

Barr should stick to eating breast milk cheese and leave the appointment process to others.


21 posted on 08/15/2012 6:54:53 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: zeestephen

” - - - Boone Pickens?
No thank you.

Four years ago he campaigned for thousands of government subsidized windmills in Texas and sought billions of dollars in government subsidies to build the power lines to carry the electricity.

Whoops, never mind...

Two years ago he changed his mind completely.

Then he decided he wanted billions in government subsidies to convert commercial truck engines to run on natural gas and billions more in government largess to build gas pipelines and fueling stations.”

Well said.

TBP is a pro-debt hustler that can easily con pro-debt politicians into pouring our tax dollars into bottomless money pits.

Pro-debt hustler TBP wants “Somebody else to make that happen,” and thus avoiding pouring his own money, time and effort into building his own business.

Unfortunately, Romney’s strong suit is to delegate, and thus Romney is vulnerable to con-artist hustlers such as T. Boone Pickens.

BTW Boone, the antidote to commie Obama’s “You didn’t build that” mind meld is simply: “ If you build that, they will come.” Put up or shut up.

Tick-Tock.


22 posted on 08/15/2012 6:56:11 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

Thank you for accurately describing Pickens to a “T”.

I am no fan of that Obama-loving Warren Buffet, either.


23 posted on 08/15/2012 7:05:21 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: MetaThought
We Texicans know T.Boone all to well. Boondoggles and raiding the public fisc are his hallmarks.

T. Boone Pickens = poison pill.

24 posted on 08/15/2012 7:06:16 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Kaslin
– Texan T. Boone Pickens.

Oh, please. "T" is an okie in every way.

25 posted on 08/15/2012 7:09:57 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: Kaslin
– Texan T. Boone Pickens.

Oh, please. "T" is an okie in every way.

26 posted on 08/15/2012 7:10:11 AM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: exit82

Thanks.

I agree with you about War-On-Bucks Buffet. He cons The media with his “My Secretary pays more taxes than I do” crap, and The Media just says “ War-On just has to be right, because he is sooooooooooooo rich!” The fact is that War-On pays more taxes in one year that all of his secretaries will in all of their lifetimes.

Chris Christy put “I should pay more taxes” War-On in his place with this remark: “Just write a check, and shut up!”


27 posted on 08/15/2012 7:17:14 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Kaslin

There’s just something wrong with Bob Barr.


28 posted on 08/15/2012 7:17:35 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ("So, a Mormon and a Catholic walk onto an aircraft carrier...")
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To: MetaThought
Wasn’t this guy(Pickens) pushing wind energy a little while ago?

He certainly was pushing wind power.
He put his money where his mouth was, and lost 150 million dollars in wind power investments. -Tom

29 posted on 08/15/2012 7:19:06 AM PDT by Capt. Tom
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To: Kaslin

Pickens is for Pickens and Barr is too blind to see.


30 posted on 08/15/2012 7:22:45 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Graewoulf
Chris Christy put “I should pay more taxes” War-On in his place with this remark: “Just write a check, and shut up!”

Hah! That's what I used to yell at the TV when Buffet came on!

31 posted on 08/15/2012 7:23:49 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Kaslin

That would be stupid! Palin should be put in charge of the Energy Dept. Good grief! How much did Pickens lose on those windmills? How many dead birds? It has to be propped up by government bailouts and produces very little energy help to local communities? This guy should be a cabinet choice? Does this writer think the rest of us are stupid, don’t know how to read? Give me a break!


32 posted on 08/15/2012 7:24:31 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Shery
Palin should be put in charge of the Energy Dept.

Actually she would be a great pick. She has experience in the energy sector and as Governor she had experience with them that way
33 posted on 08/15/2012 7:41:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
Mr. Pickens founded a little company he called Clean Energy Fuels - ticker (CLNE). This company has yet to show a profit yet it keeps chugging along building on the concept of fueling trucks with liquid natural gas. Time after time Pickens has been frustrated in his efforts to obtain federal financial support for this concept, so he and CLNE investors have put their money on the line to start building a network of LNG fueling stations for over-the-road trucks ...

Some on this thread and this forum have forgotten how Picken's supported the Swift Boat Vets' successful campaign against Kerry. Mr. Pickens is a great patriot and champion of American capitalism.

34 posted on 08/15/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by shove_it (purge pandering progressive parasites)
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To: shove_it
Mr. Pickens is a great patriot and champion of American capitalism.

Seeking taxpayer funding is a hell of a way to show it.
35 posted on 08/15/2012 8:01:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Who do you suppose funded the electrical grid and the highway system we have today?


36 posted on 08/15/2012 8:24:38 AM PDT by shove_it (purge pandering progressive parasites)
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To: MetaThought
Exactly. The guy is full of crap.

"Energy independence" is an illusory pipe-dream, and I'm not sure why anyone would aspire to something like that anyway. We rely on "foreign oil" from OPEC nations for the same reason we rely on Asia for electronics, on South America for bananas, and on Mexico for our landscapers and restaurant staff: because that's where these things usually are cheapest.

37 posted on 08/15/2012 8:30:40 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: shove_it

So what you’re saying is “You didn’t build that by yourself”


38 posted on 08/15/2012 8:31:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: redgolum
No. T. Boone is a snake, and is a great example of how to use the government to advance your own business interests and limit competition.

Amen.

39 posted on 08/15/2012 8:33:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: shove_it

BTW, the government build the electrical grid.

My great grandfather contracted with various electric providers to hang their lines to feed power to their customers.


40 posted on 08/15/2012 8:36:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Alberta's Child
"We rely on "foreign oil" from OPEC nations for the same reason we rely on Asia for electronics, on South America for bananas, and on Mexico for our landscapers and restaurant staff: because that's where these things usually are cheapest. "

Except if oil is threatened, we go to war which isn't cheap.

41 posted on 08/15/2012 8:42:57 AM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: Kaslin

Bob Barr has gone mad. Pickens is a scam artist.


42 posted on 08/15/2012 8:43:18 AM PDT by Double Tap
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To: ex-snook
Then foreign oil becomes more expensive than domestic oil.

Which is exactly where we are now, by the way.

The Middle East is a sh!t-hole, and energy-rich North Dakota has an unemployment rate of about 3%.

43 posted on 08/15/2012 8:46:10 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: MetaThought

Yes but he is primarily a gas man now. He is on Cavuto from time to time and ticks off reasons for implementing policies favoring gas. The main one is to develop gas for use in place of diesel fuel in the 18 wheelers. That change alone would result in reordering the fuel business and need for imports.

He has the numbers and makes a very convincing case. He is sort of Ryan like, down to earth, unpretentious, humble.


44 posted on 08/15/2012 9:02:49 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: cripplecreek
No, I'm saying just the opposite. What I'm saying is that switching our over-the-road truck fleet from diesel to LNG is a massive proposition. We have been doing nothing but talk about becoming energy independent since Carter established the Dept. of Energy. Mr. Pickens is the smartest man in just about any room where the subject of energy is being discussed and it's a shame for those on this thread and this forum to demean him so. CLNE is doing its small part help achieve energy independence on a wing and a prayer with no federal financial help.
45 posted on 08/15/2012 9:05:53 AM PDT by shove_it (purge pandering progressive parasites)
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To: cripplecreek

Those electrical providers are subsidized by the government, both federal and local, and have been ever since there was a light bulb.


46 posted on 08/15/2012 9:12:24 AM PDT by shove_it (purge pandering progressive parasites)
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To: Kaslin

T bone is a selfish arrogant guy.
We need patriots who love this country


47 posted on 08/15/2012 9:15:05 AM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot, thankfully.)
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To: Kaslin

Pickens is a very shrewd dude. He drilled a bunch of wells on his Texas spread and created a bunch of “wetlands” that shelter all kinds of “endangered species.” In this way he totally co-opted the lefty-greenie-snailhugging enviroweenies.


48 posted on 08/15/2012 9:26:50 AM PDT by karnage
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To: Kaslin

http://youtu.be/R2bOug1d20c

This jackass? No thanks....


49 posted on 08/15/2012 9:33:04 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: bestintxas
Selfish and arrogant I approve of.

Crony influence peddler? Not so much...

50 posted on 08/15/2012 9:34:42 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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