So says T. Boone Pickens in his new TV ad.
I just saw this ad on TV (KGW 8) and am intrigued by it.
What do you think of it? Have you joined the Pickens Plan Army yet?
Do you plan to? If so, what are your primary reasons?
Here's Pickens' Plan. The gist of it appears to be that he wants America to do as he has personally done and invest heavily in wind power. That will, in his view, free up more domestically produced Natural Gas to be converted to vehicular fuel - and thus reducing the vast transfer of wealth which his ad expresses alarm over.
The plan makes a certain amount of sense at first glance. But some environmentalists have urged caution over the ecological damage of large-scale windfarms on a large enough scale to make a serious dent. However, that's on the premise that the point is to replace petroleum fuels. Pickens isn't necessarily trying to replace petroleum fuels per se, he just wants reduce our collective reliance upon foreign sources of them, and in particular upon crude oil which places America at it's greatest disadvantage... apparently. That his windfarms would reduce our use of petro sources seems to be icing rather than the cake, from his point of view.
I'm honestly unsure what to think of this. At first whiff it seems good. But the effects of Global Warming seem to me to warrant at least a cautious attitude towards a plan that is so obviously motivated by $$$ first and foremost. Plus... I'm personally not convinced that wind power offers as much as geothermal power does.
Update: I just watched Al Gore on Meet The Press say that he welcomes Pickens' Plan. Tom Brokaw read a statement by Pickens arguing that his plan and Gore's plan should be viewed differently. But Gore certainly seemed happy to have them considered together and as similar. His primary, albeit very gently articulated, criticism of Pickens' Plan is that Gore sees natural gas as an intermediate measure and he said that it makes more sense to him to cut to the chase rather than focus on an intermediate step as Pickens has.