Tuesday, July 08, 2008

T. Boone Pickens Has a Plan...

Heard about this on NPR this morning. He wants to use wind power to substitute for natural gas in our electric generation and then use the natural gas in the transportation sector instead of oil.



I like the idea of using wind. I had no idea the central states could generate as much power with this resource, though. This is a far better alternative than using corn to create ethanol. Wind is largely an untapped resource. Anything that involves using stuff that we are currently under-utilizing is going to be part of the long-term solution.

The Cape wind project (near Nantucket) should be green-lighted too. It'll provide electricity most when it's needed most (in the winter).

3 comments:

El Duderino said...

The Cape wind project (near Nantucket) should be green-lighted too. It'll provide electricity most when it's needed most (in the winter)...
That and it will piss off the Kennedys, always a sure sign you're on the right track.

Dexter said...

Even living in Iowa I still refuse to buy ethanol despite its subsidized prices or in fact because of it. There is more talk of wind farms but I think pocket reactors should be looked at. I think the last reactor built in this country was 1985. How can France be ahead of the U.S. in any technology?

zaphod said...

Sounds like McCain is your man, Dexter!

I agree about needing more reactors as well.

What we need to do is pretty much everything. Too much of our energy debate begins by ruling out technologies. We should be ruling IN all kinds of ideas.

I don't even have a problem with ethanol. I just think corn-based ethanol is a bad idea. The continuing need for a subsidy after all these years of subsidies strongly suggests it's just not the best way to go.