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  • 40 Years in the Energy Desert

    01/16/2014 8:50:52 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 16, 2014 | T. Boone Pickens
    When we were children we learned, from Exodus, about the Children of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years. When we were children, 40 years seemed like, well, a lifetime. I’m 85 and 40 years still seems like a lifetime. But it has been over 40 years since President Richard Nixon addressed the nation on the need for a national energy policy. That was on Nov. 7, 1973, during the Arab oil embargo precipitated by war in the Mideast. “By the end of this month, more than 2 million barrels a day of oil we expected to import into...
  • What I Learned About Natural Gas from Boone Pickens

    04/12/2011 2:53:21 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 28 replies ^ | Arpil 11, 2011 | Rich Karlgaard
    Last week I interviewed the Texas energy baron T. Boone Pickens four consecutive nights in front of a live audience. Pickens would talk for 40 minutes and then I would interview him for 50 minutes. (Full disclosure: I was paid a fee to do this, not from Pickens but from the event’s owner.) The Pickens presentations had an interesting underlying tension: Texas billionaire, oilman and Republican trying to convince earnest San Francisco Bay Area liberals about the virtues of natural gas. How did Pickens do in front of liberal, vaguely hostile audiences? Surprisingly well. He made his case with numbers....
  • Pickens Plan no longer features wind energy

    12/14/2010 6:26:42 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    msnbc ^ | 12/14/2010 | By Jennifer Alsever
    Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens' TV commercials blasted the airwaves in 2008 with his big idea to get America off foreign oil imports: natural gas and wind energy. Two years later, let’s just make that natural gas. Since the billionaire’s plans for the world’s largest wind farm fell apart in the Texas Panhandle, Pickens has edited his much-hyped “Pickens Plan” to focus primarily on his other big business interest: natural gas. Touting 1.7 million Pickens Plan supporters, he’s now pushing Congress to pass legislation that would offer incentives to convert 18-wheelers and fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas,...
  • Pickens slim for wind power

    07/17/2009 4:58:23 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 49 replies · 991+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 17, 2009 | Editorial
    For 30 years, government has helped fuel wind-power research, development and deployment. The industry would not exist today without the continued generous support from (coerced) taxpayers and ratepayers because 30 years out, wind technology still isn't close to overcoming its main obstacles: it's intermittent and therefore unreliable; it's economically uncompetitive even with the largess; no sensible person wants it in his backyard. A year ago, with oil supposedly headed beyond $200 a barrel, it appeared wind power's time was at hand. And everywhere, oilman and former free-marketer T. Boone Pickens was promising energy independence through spinning turbine blades under the...
  • Pickens' project failure demonstrates futility of rushing "green energy"

    07/14/2009 6:08:39 AM PDT · by James H. Shott · 18 replies · 970+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | July 14, 2009 | James H. Shott
    The CBS News headline proclaimed “Pickens Plan for Huge Wind Farm Blows Away,” as Texas oilman and billionaire financier T. Boone Pickens latest venture to build a huge wind farm to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy has instead become a demonstration of why such ideas are not viable. His plan was unveiled last year in the face of highest-ever oil and natural gas prices, when oil prices peaked at more than $145 a barrel and wholesale natural gas reached $47.61 per cubic meter, making his plan for a 4,000 megawatt wind power project in Pampa, Texas look very appealing....

    02/23/2009 7:13:09 PM PST · by sinanju · 14 replies · 803+ views
    CNN Larry King | February 23, 2008 | sinanju
    Just finished watching Larry King with T. Boone Pickens and his new dear, dear friend John Podesta. Been seeing his ads popping up again this evening as well. He told Larry he had an hour long interview with The One this afternoon and he said he was encouraged. With the Clinton consiglieries in his pocket I'd say it was a done deal already.
  • Bailing Out Wind

    12/16/2008 6:23:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 787+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 16, 2008
    Energy Policy: Obama announces his energy team without mentioning a green source of renewable energy that could create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and reinvigorate a vital manufacturing sector — nuclear power.The domestic auto industry isn't the only uncompetitive industry that seems to require life-sustaining transfusions of government cash to stay in business. Alternative energy sources have relied on such subsidies, called "investments," for years. Yet in President-elect Obama's announcement of his energy team, we were told "the foundations of our energy independence" lie in "the power of wind and solar." Except that for these alternative sources there's been a severe...
  • CA: Billionaires put their agendas to a vote (Props. 5&10 backers - George Soros & T. Boone Pickens)

    11/01/2008 1:49:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 418+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/1/08 | Evan Halper
    Reporting from Sacramento -- California's ballot is often crowded with measures known as citizen initiatives. But many of the citizens whose causes will come before voters Tuesday are not everyday Californians. International financier George Soros wants to change drug laws. Computer technology titan Henry T. Nicholas III -- who has been indicted on federal fraud and drug charges -- is pushing two measures seeking tougher penalties for criminals and expanded rights for victims. Oilman turned alternative-fuels investor T. Boone Pickens is pushing subsidies for cars that run on substances other than oil. And Peter Sperling, one of the founders of...
  • T. Boone Pickens, Scam Artist, Given Eminent Domain Authority in Texas

    09/05/2008 9:02:21 AM PDT · by smith288 · 25 replies · 689+ views ^ | Aug 2 2008 | Cary Wesberry
    T. Boone Pickens, Scam Artist, Given Eminent Domain Authority in Texas!By Cary Wesberry • August 2, 2008 All-around jerk T. Boone Pickens has managed to swindle Texas into giving him eminent domain powers.  The State Legislature changed State Law allowing two residents in Roberts County to vote and create a municipal water district, thereby giving them the power to confiscate private property.  The two voters were Pickens’ wife and manager of his ranch.   Regardless of T. Boone Pickens, those responsible for this abomination in my State Legislature need to be held responsible for their probable criminal activity in working behind the backs of the People...
  • Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits

    08/27/2008 6:41:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies · 600+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 26, 2008 | Matthew L. Wald
    Expansive dreams about renewable energy, like Al Gore’s hope of replacing all fossil fuels in a decade, are bumping up against the reality of a power grid that cannot handle the new demands. The dirty secret of clean energy is that while generating it is getting easier, moving it to market is not. The grid today, according to experts, is a system conceived 100 years ago to let utilities prop each other up, reducing blackouts and sharing power in small regions. It resembles a network of streets, avenues and country roads. “We need an interstate transmission superhighway system,” said Suedeen...
  • T. Boone Pickens wants your water

    08/25/2008 7:56:07 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 49 replies · 565+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 8/21/08 | Timothy P. Carney
    Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens is about to make a killing by selling water he doesn’t own. As he does it, it will be praised as a planet-friendly wind project. The basic story amounts to this: Pickens, thanks to favors from state lawmakers whose campaigns he funded, has created a new government whose only voters are two of his employers; this has empowered Pickens to more cheaply pump water from an aquifer and, by use of eminent domain, seize land across 11 counties in order to pipe the water to Dallas. To win environmentalist approval of this hardly “sustainable”...
  • Pickens' energy plans clouded by federal decision

    08/23/2008 3:34:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 176+ views ^ | August 23, 2008 | Elliott Blackburn
    Federal authorities may unravel a tiny Panhandle government with far-reaching powers. The U.S. Department of Justice blocked changes to Texas law that last fall helped create the board of the Roberts County Fresh Water Supply District, a body dominated by employees of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Losing the district's authority could complicate Pickens' most visible means so far of running pipeline and power line infrastructure across the state. Jay Rosser, spokesman for Pickens' Mesa Water, said the decision as Mesa officials understood it did little to change the board or plans to move massive water and wind energy resources...
  • Pickens Gives New Meaning to 'Self-Government'

    08/23/2008 1:07:17 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 29 replies · 311+ views ^ | July 31, 2008 | Steven Milloy
    The more you learn about T. Boone Pickens’ plan to switch America to wind power, the more you realize that he seems willing to say and do just about anything to make another billion or two.
  • Wind turbines found to cause sickness

    08/23/2008 2:11:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 439+ views
    K V U E ^ | July 29th | Janet St James
    SAGINAW - T-Boone Pickens says they're the wave of the future. But a wind turbine meant to save one Saginaw family on electricity has instead sparked a huge headache for their neighbors. "It makes a terrible air raid noise," says Debbie Behrens, about the high-pitched whine made by the turbine. "It's driving me crazy." What's worse, is that Debbie and her son Lance both say that high-pitched hum is now causing them problems, physically. "You occasionally have the dizziness," explains Lance, "The ringing in the ears, I've never experienced the ringing in the ears." It turns out, there is a...
  • “Green Energy” Corruption, the Elephant in the Room.

    08/19/2008 6:51:11 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 10 replies · 141+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 8/19/2008 | Moneyrunner
    As the members of the MSM continue to beat the drums for “renewable” energy, and T. Boone Pickens promises pie-in-the-sky free energy from windmills the corruption surrounding Green Energy is beginning to be revealed. Literally hundreds of billions of dollars are involved and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is only the latest to be found with her hand in the cookie jar. Here’s the unvarnished truth: the world has been getting most of its energy from fossil fuels for over a century. During the 20th century we began to see the use of nuclear energy. In the US that path to...
  • Wind Farms Impacting Weather (Cause global warming and/or desert land?)

    08/19/2008 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 28 replies · 135+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10/1/2005 | Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., and the American Society of Civil Engineers
    Wind farms may have an impact on local weather patterns. As environmental engineers have discovered, wind farm propellers create a lot of turbulence in their wake, mixing air up and down with effects that can be detected for miles... ...a large windmill array could influence the local climate, raising temperatures by about 2 degrees Celsius (about 4 Fahrenheit) for several hours. The rotating blades could also redirect high-speed winds down to the Earth's surface, boosting evaporation of soil moisture... ...At best, wind farms produce electricity at an efficiency rate of 30 percent, compared to a 70 percent efficiency rate from...
  • Pelosi and Pickens, investment partners

    08/18/2008 10:37:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 32 replies · 162+ views
    It is difficult to imagine a more unlikely pair of investors than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens. Pelosi, the San Francisco Democrat, is among the most liberal and pro-environmentalist politicians in Congress, while Pickens has long been associated with Republicans, hedge funds and the energy industry. Yet in May 2007, Pelosi invested between $100,001 and $250,000 to purchase public common stock in Pickens’ Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (CLNE). Pelosi's CLNE investment was first highlighted by Eric Odom on the #don'tgo blog. CLNE is a cog in Pickens’$6 billion plan to build a massive wind farm...
  • Wind Jammers

    08/18/2008 9:34:52 AM PDT · by djsherin · 17 replies · 225+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 18, 2008
    In this year's great energy debate, Democrats describe a future when the U.S. finally embraces the anything-but-carbon avant-garde. It turns out, however, that when wind and solar power do start to come on line, they face a familiar obstacle: environmentalists and many Democrats. To wit, the greens are blocking the very transmission network needed for renewable electricity to move throughout the economy. The best sites for wind and solar energy happen to be in the sticks -- in the desert Southwest where sunlight is most intense for longest, or the plains where the wind blows most often. To exploit this...
  • Obama meets oilman who funded '04 [swift boat] attacks on Kerry

    08/18/2008 8:19:38 AM PDT · by Hadean · 23 replies · 203+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-17-2008 | Jeff Mason
    RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - White House hopeful Barack Obama talked energy policy on Sunday with T. Boone Pickens, a billionaire oil investor who funded the "Swift Boat" attacks on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. Pickens, a lifelong Republican, has endorsed neither his party's candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, nor Democrat Obama in the November 4 election and wants to make energy a top campaign issue. He has advocated a plan to cut U.S. oil use by converting cars to run on natural gas. Pickens funded efforts in 2004 by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which...
  • The Pickens Profile You Haven’t Read

    08/13/2008 8:10:07 AM PDT · by shove_it · 13 replies · 271+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 8/9/2008 | Karen Breslau
    T. Boone has re-invented himself as a green wildcatter. Can he finish what Al Gore started? T. Boone Pickens can't read his lines. Squinting at his teleprompter, he is posing in front of a mile-long ribbon of wind turbines, churning against an endless Texas sky. Pickens is in Sweetwater, a town of 12,000 that bills itself as the nation's wind-energy capital, to shoot a commercial urging Americans to put themselves on a new energy diet: cutting out imported oil—which costs $700 billion a year—in favor of domestically produced sources such as wind and natural gas. "Our dependence on foreign oil...