| T Boone Pickens Energy Plan |
July 8, 2008
Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has launched campaign to
break America's dependence on oil. He's putting up his own money to fund
a campaign to move toward other energy sources.
"This is not about Republicans vs. Democrats," Pickens says, "This is
about saving our country from the ruination of spending $700 billion a
year on oil imports. Ninety days after the oil hits our shores, it's all
burned up, and we've got nothing to show for it. But they (foreign oil
producers) still have our money. It's killing our economy."
It might sound ironic for an oilman to pitch renewable energy but cynics
might note that he's already made his money there and is now making money
off of wind and natural gas.
PICKENSPLAN.COM claims that we import 70% of our oil at a cost of $700
billion a year, four times the annual cost of the Iraq war.
Pickens says the U.S. hasn't had an energy plan for 40 years. He wants to
reduce the amount of oil we use and a big part of his solution is wind power.
Pickens is turning to methods that might seem common to America's youth
but a little foreign to his peers in order to gain traction. He has a
facebook page, a twitter page, myspace page, and a commercial posted on YouTube.
Pickens is also spreading his message through more traditional outlets.
He appeared on CNBC this morning.