Texas oil tycoon and billionaire T. Boone Pickens just released his new ad for the Pickens Plan, which calls for 20 percent of our nation's electricity to come from wind power. That 20 percent wind will then free up the natural gas that we currently use for electricity so that we can use it to fuel our cars. This, he believes, will wean us off our dependency on foreign oil and make America more secure.
I know lots of folks agree with Pickens on the wind part but are uncertain about the natural gas plan. This new ad (see below) is interesting because - in addition to assuring viewers that he's for oil drilling, with the caveat that we need to get past oil because it's going to eventually run out - he's specifically talking about natural gas as a "bridge" fuel between oil and something more sustainable (efficient biofuels or electric cars, for example). (Update and full disclosure: The public relations firm I work for, Tunheim Partners, is working with the Pickens campaign on various grassroots efforts in Minnesota and North Dakota)
Does this assuage your concerns about the Pickens Plan? Or do you think the natural gas part is still folly? I'm personally undecided on the natural gas part of the plan but am 100 percent behind the push for wind and wind infrastructure (transmission lines, etc.).