Friday, July 18, 2008

UPDATE: Pickens on Oil

UPDATE 7/18: Sigh. The chance for a little "kumbayah" moment with Al Gore is already over. Oilman T. Boone Pickens said this:
"Today, former Vice President Al Gore put forward a framework of a plan that is focused on global warming and climate issues. My plan is aimed squarely at breaking the stranglehold that foreign oil has on our country and the $700 billion annual impact it has on our economy. We import 70% of our oil and that number is growing larger every year. Vice President Gore's plan does not address this enormous problem, it is clear that he and I have two different objectives and our plans should be viewed with that in mind."
Note that he is meeting with congressional leaders next week. This should be interesting.

EARLIER: Pickens has been on TV lately, touting his plan to take on the oil problem. If you're old enough, you may not have a high opinion of this guy; if you were paying attention to who funded the SwiftBoaters in 2004, you definitely won't like him.

But he's trying to make changes in our thinking and he's also trying to stake a claim to windfarm energy--this could be great or terrible for us. I know some environmentalists are worried that the people who encouraged us to spend all our money on oil will move in and do the same thing to alternative energies.

Here's Pickens' oil gripe:

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