T. Boone Pickens' Energy Plan

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    So by now, hopefully most of us have seen T. Boone Pickens' smiling face, disingenuously trying to promote his new energy plan that will save America with the power of capitalism.

    For those who don't know, the gist of it is that Pickens wants the US to reduce its dependency on foreign oil by adjusting our automobiles to run on natural gas, which would be diverted from our electricity generation, and then drastically increase our use of wind power to make up for it.

    Naturally, Pickens is heavily invested in natural gas and wind power. (Interestingly, after Pickens' multimedia campaign began, the first two things our nation's Secretary of Commerce suggested in a Detroit News column to reduce our dependency on foreign oil were - surprise! - wind and natural gas.) He doesn't quite spin it that way on television - "I've been an oil man all my life, but this is one situation we can't drill our way out of." Yuck yuck yuck.

    So here's the thing - I'm inclined to be extremely distrustful of this, but my secret confession is that I actually don't know what would be wrong with this plan. Apparently, neither does Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, who blogged his approval of Pickens' plan on the Huffington Post!

    I won't rule out that Pope is on Pickens' payroll, and that the Huffington Post are sell-outs - but I have absolutely no evidence for that, and don't actually claim it.

    So my hope is that, by bringing this up for discussion here, someone will give me a legitimate reason to hate this plan. Otherwise I'll be tragically obliged to...ugh...go along with it. (Please note the partial sarcasm and self-ribbing.)

    Seriously, what do people think of this?
     
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    I am a Democrat and T. Boone is a hard core Republican, and I think he is an American hero.

    The Danes already get 20% of there energy from wind, and the Israelis are building ONE solar power station that will supply 5% of their energy needs. The technology is there, we just have to use it.
     
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    Don't forget we need to pay for making the transition, and the costs of doing so will make the War in Iraq seem cheap. Which is why I say it will take time, and can not just be done over night.
     
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    Democrats and environmentalists are blocking it.

    Though, carbon taxes are being forced upon Americans.
     
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    We are spending $700 billion dollars a year on foreign oil. How much will it cost us if we don't make the transition?

    I will tell you. It will cost us our country.
     
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    Ridiculous.

    President Obama will make this his first priority, and the Democratic majority in the new Congress will pass it.

    Our long national nightmare will soon be over.
     
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    How much will it cost to build hundreds of new power plants, and have Millions of Americans switch over to different cars.

    exponentially more than 700 billion.
     
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    Whaa, whaa, whaa, Daddy, alternative energy is HARD.

    If the Danes can do it, we can do it.

    We have more resources than any country in the world.

    We just need the leadership.
     
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    Where did I say we could not do it? I said it will take some time.I am all for doing it at a reasonable and responsible pace. No matter how many times you say it will be easy, it will not change the fact that it will take many years if not decades to complete a transition on so many levels.

    And comparisons to Denmark are hardly relevant, they have no where near the energy needs, miles to travel, or cars that would be need to be replaced as we do.

    However I am not shocked to see you making irrelevant comparisons.
     
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    It's idiotic to compare Denmark to the US and thinking a president can lead us into the future by himself is too. Alternate energy forms are emerging. Give em time and get the envionment worshipers out of the way.
     

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