Who is T. Boone Pickens and what is the Pickens Energy Plan

by T-ref@evpl on Thursday, August 28 2008, 11:41am. Viewed 1,147 times.

I have been hearing a lot about the Pickens Energy Plan. His plan calls for more wind power to generate electricity and the use of domestic natural gas and biofuels for transportation. I have seen a lot of wind farms popping up around the midwest on my travels and am hopeful that this will alleviate some of our dependence on foreign oil.

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on Thursday, August 28 2008, 1:04pm

Heard that.  It's nice to see big money breathe some life into a much needed industry.

on Thursday, August 28 2008, 5:17pm

I've seen those fields of wind turbines, and I'm not convinced that they don't pose their own set of environmental and aesthetic issues.

on Saturday, August 30 2008, 10:12am

We drove by the wind turbine farm in northern Indiana on a trip to the Chicago area in May.  It's right on 41 -- you can't miss it.  Pretty impressive.  I also drove past quite a few on a cross-country trip to CA.  The only negative things I've heard is that they take farming land out of commission, they are noisy and bothersome to neighbors, and if located wrong they could interfere with bird migration. They're not perfect (and I wouldn't want to live next to one) but hey, what is?

on Saturday, September 13 2008, 2:35pm

Keep in mind a comment made by T. Boone Pickens that has been quoted in a number of sources, including an article in the business section of the Aug. 18-25, 2008 issue of Newsweek: "Pickens says he doesn't even plan to erect turbines on his own 120,000-acre ranch in the panhandle, because he thinks they are 'ugly.'" ! I'm all for alternative sources of energy, but Pickens's nonchalant exemption of himself from his ambitious plan is rather hard to stomach!