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T. Boone Pickens Wind-Farmer

T. Boone Pickens Is Going to Save the Economy With Hot Air

I'm saying it right now: T. Boone Pickens for president. The former oil-man-billionaire-turned-wind-power revolutionary is suddenly everywhere and it's like a breath of fresh air. Pickens of his eponymous Pickens Plan is building the world's largest wind farm. His website, which launched today, is determined to shock the US into becoming the Saudi Arabia of wind.

The hemorrhaging of $700 billion dollars a year, an increase of about 50 percent more reliance on foreign imports since the 1970s, is ruining our country. Pickens says, "I've been an oil man my whole life, but this is one emergency we can't drill our way out of."

To see a consciousness-rocking explanation of the Pickens Plan by T. Boone himself (oh, and also changing my name to T. Boone)


Though he's started running flashy ads to promote his plan, I'm sold on this straight-forward, Perot-style chart presentation. One watch and you'll wonder why T. Boone just tipped today. Starting with the optimistic, "we got more wind than anybody else does," his plan is explained in the most lucid way I've seen, showing how his one wind farm in Pampa, TX, can save the US $300 billion a year.

Is wind power the answer, or a lot of hot air? At least there hasn't been a massive "wind spill" today, unlike some nuclear sites. Is the Pickens Plan the salvation our economy needs?


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MikieMcG MikieMcG 9 years
Don't be fooled: Pickens' $2 billion dollar investment will return him some $4 billion in five years. That's the only reason he's doing this. And all that money comes from your taxes. This is the real reason we have wind farms popping up all over the place. Wind companies get a 200% Accelerated Depreciation Rate over 5 years on their "investment"--40% of that the first year. They also get a generous 1.9 cents Production Tax Credit for every kilowatt produced. Wind is the least viable form of energy production we have (it's intermittent, unreliable, causes power dips, blackouts, does not save on oil or carbon pollution, etc.) yet we are giving billions of our tax money to large corporations just to put up the farms. Why? One word: Enron. Wind is Enron's legacy. At the time of it's demise, Enron was the largest owner of wind farms in the US, and Ken Lay and his crew are responsible for originating both the ridiculously generous tax credits and subsidies AND the powerful lobby to assure legislation to maintain them. Look it up--it's all over the internet. Don't forget: Pickens used to be reviled; why are we now praising him as a guru? He is NOT doing this us!
bh1024 bh1024 9 years
He makes sense. I agree.. T. Boone for PRESIDENT
DaytonDave DaytonDave 9 years
This is the last thing we need. Someone will figure out a way to start charging us for the air we breath.
shilpsugar shilpsugar 9 years
Major props to Pickens for showing so much leadership on this issue. However, I won't easily forget the millions he's donated to the Bush campaigns over the years and especially his funding of the Swift Boat campaign. Just sayin.'
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If he's going to save the ecconomy with hot air, isn't that going to hurt global warming?
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
Even the oil people have to admit it now. Everyone who owns an SUV should sell it ASAP because its going to depreciate like crazy!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
What a great name.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Who ever knew this rocker chic could fall so hard for an old, Texas oilman? This idea makes so much freaking sense its almost unbelievable. Why is this not being implemented???
stephley stephley 9 years
So buy up any land you can in the U.S. Wind Corridor now. He pronounces nuke well, but he says we-end.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I hope someone makes him the Energy Secretary. Either way, we're going to have to get off oil and we can do it peacefully or the end of civilization way.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
tee hee - my hubby went to Nuke School after the Academy (his degree is in marine nuclear engineering)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Wow, this guy is great! Nuke make me chuckle! :-)
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Is this love that I'm feeling?
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Nuke lol. Thats cute. I love listening to him!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I dont think there is an alternative source out there that is less cost effective overall (all factors considered) then oil. Still Boone presents well.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i like how he calls nuclear "nuke."
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
You know he makes a lot of sense. And he's right it's all about leadership.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
You Go T. Boone! I love you baby!
colleenb colleenb 9 years
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