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Pickens Plan Town Hall

T. Boone Pickens leads discussion of Pickens Plan

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Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is coming to Lawrence to seek support for his plan for energy independence. Pickens, who built his fortune in oil and has branched into other energy endeavors, will lead a town hall-style discussion of his plan at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at the Dole Institute of Politics. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will introduce former Sen. Bob Dole, the institute's namesake, who then will introduce Pickens. The institute plans to have seating for about 350 people in the building’s Hansen Hall, plus room for about 150 more in an adjoining room. No tickets are required, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After being introduced by Brownback, Pickens will be expected to spend the next 40 minutes or so outlining what has become known as the “Pickens Plan,” a strategy that calls for the U.S. to boost use of wind and solar energy, tap domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel, increase incentives for household energy-saving alternatives, and create and update a national grid for transporting electricity.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

While it's good that he's helping to stimulate the debate, his plan for natural gas is just a bad idea. The infrastructure investment required for new fueling stations isn't justified merely to exchange one fossil fuel for another.

preebo 5 years, 8 months ago

...plus, if we were to switch to natural gas, we would still be dependent upon the middle-east, as they have much larger natural gas reserves than we do. Eventually we would run out, and rather quickly I might add, and then we would be back where we started.

I'm all for the wind power initiative, but I have to disagree with the natural gas approach.

average 5 years, 8 months ago

It would be easier to re-invent our transportation infrastructure than to find a new feedstock for chemicals and, in particular, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, besides natural gas.

Agriculture is one of the few competitive advantages the US has. Starving us for fertilizers in 20 years so we can have 20 more years of happy motoring? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Now, eventually we have to get off of fossil-fuel agriculture, too. But, better that we take care of the transport issue now, then the ag, rather than just expecting both to be taken care of at some deferred time in the future.

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