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COMMENTARY: GREEN ENERGY’S LATEST FAIR WEATHER FRIEND

OILMAN, T. BOONE PICKENS, ISSUES TEN YEAR PLAN TO PROMOTE WIND ENERGY AND REDUCE AMERICA’S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.

180px-turbine_aalborg.jpgLifelong oilman and deep pockets Republican money guy, T. Boone Pickens, has a new Beltway posse, and for once, there is hardly a Republican in sight.

To better understand the strange turn of events which has made Pickens a pariah among his one-time friends, one needs only to look at the Texas entrepreneur’s latest business venture promoting wind energy as a replacement for oil, and his controversial plans to build sufficient wind turbines throughout the country so that we will be able to draw as much as 20% of our power needs from wind by 2018. According to Pickens, reaching this goal would have the added benefit of reducing our dependence on foreign oil by at least a third in the same time frame.

To promote his plan, the outspoken Texas oil billionaire has launched a 58 million dollar, self-funded television and radio advertising campaign, the goal of which is to make Americans aware that not only is our energy situation critical, but contrary to Bush Administration and oil industry assurances, this is “one crisis that we cannot drill our way out of”.

It is this statement more than anything else that has caused Pickens’s the most grief from onetime friends and allies in big oil and on the political right. Of course, intelligent people can make the case that Pickens is better off without this bunch, as we all would be, for that matter.

Speaking of that which would make America better, seeing Pickens’s old friends being forced to “perp walk” for their part in the trashing of the American dream would definitely bring a smile to my face. Though the the pragmatist in me is forced to acknowledge that it is unlikely that the Democrats currently serving in Congress have what it takes to make this, or anything else relevant happen. This saddens me to no end, as so much about our country does these days.


BEWARE OF THE OILMAN BEARING GIFTS

One needs to remember that T. Pickens is an oil man used to buying and selling politicians and everything else in pursuit of the golden ring. In other words, beware of the billionaire bearing gifts. He is not your friend and will only appear to be so as long as you are doing his bidding.

In their rush to embrace Pickens, I can only hope that Democrats stand back for a moment and remember that the very same guy who is their hero of the moment, – Mr. Wind Energy – was the cash behind 2004’s infamous Swift Boat attack ads that attempted – with a certain degree of success – to destroy the hero status and character of Democratic Presidential Candidate, John Kerry, by lying over and over again about Kerry’s war record, sometimes going so far as to label the Vietnam war hero a coward and to insist that he fraudulently received his battlefield medals.

Much as he did at the time of the Swift Boat incident, Pickens claims his motives for promoting wind energy “are patriotic”, telling Vimal Patel of the Los Angeles Times that “I only have one enemy, and that’s foreign oil, I’m first an American, and second an oilman.”

I am sure that the people who authorized the internment of Japanese American citizens in the California desert during World War II had similar opinions about themselves.

- Denis


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