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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Picken up the Pieces

When Boone Pickens first aired his wind plan he was applauded as an oil man who had seen the light. However, as we learned more about his plan we discovered that Mr. Pickens has invested 40 billion in windmill power and wants the American people to bail him out via the government subsidy route. As the truth emerges about the not so pure motives of Boone Pickens other truths also emerge. Until now wind power has been considered an inferior form of power generation because there is no wind (on average across the planet) 65-percent of the time. Comparatively speaking the output of wind is incredibly inferior to oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power. Providing wind-power generated electric for Washington D.C. would require covering the entire state of Delaware with windmills as well as a fossil fuel backup system. And that of course, is the other dirty little secret. Every currently proposed alternative energy plan uses a fossil-fuel based backup system in the event the alternative fails. (See The New Narrative, July 16, Hot Air from Boone Pickens.) There is also another dirty little secret. Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) recently invested a hefty amount of money in the stock of Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, a company formerly called Pickens Fuel and specializing in the development of natural gas as a fuel for cars. It is plain that people like Boone Pickens and Nancy Pelosi both rely on the mainstream press to overlook these "inconvenient" facts so the public will assume their motives to be for the public good when in fact they are for personal gain first and the public good second.