This week, longtime oilman and billionaire, T Boone Pickings introduced his new alternative energy plan nation wide. Wind Power. He has been building a huge windmill farm on some acreage he owns in the panhandle of Texas. Almost daily I see tractor-trailer rigs heading out to west Texas with 2 propellers on the trailer. Theses are giant things that twirl in the wind. I believe T Boone said that his plan could reduce the traditional methods of making electricity by 20%. If we were to go to natural gas vehicles (ngv), we would save 23% over gasoline and 30% of our diesel use.
Natural gas is our country’s second largest energy resource and a vital component of our energy supply. 98% of the natural gas used in the United States is from North America. But 70% of our oil is purchased from foreign nations. The cost for the 70% of our oil costs this country $700 billion a year. Natural gas for vehicles in my hometown right now costs between $2.19 to $2.69. That is quite a difference from what I have to pay to fill my truck up with petroleum at $3.89 per gallon. That could be another post for another time.
“To witness the economic promise of wind energy, look no further than Sweetwater, Texas. Sweetwater was typical of many small towns in Middle America. With a shortage of good jobs, the youth of Sweetwater were leaving in search of greater opportunities. And the town’s population dropped from 12,000 to under 10,000.
When a large wind power facility was built outside of town, Sweetwater experienced a revival. New economic opportunity brought the town back to life and the population has grown back up to 12,000.” (http://www.pickensplan.com/theplan/)
T Boone has built his wind farm north of Sweetwater and the town has already added 2000 people to the population of Sweetwater because of the new jobs. This plan could rebuild the populations of Middle America. Granted it will cost about a Trillion dollars but this is a one-time cost and will help us reduce our dependence to foreign oil.
T Boone’s wind farm has the largest output of wind power in North America. At 4,000 megawatts, this is the equivalent combined output of four large coal-fire plants and the production of the completed Pampa, Texas, facility then will double the wind energy output of the United States.
A 2005 Stanford University study found that there is enough wind power worldwide to satisfy global demand 7 times over — even if only 20% of wind power could be captured. This just seems like a no brainer to me. I don’t understand how we could not start RIGHT NOW to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I know, I know lots of money, but…can we afford to wait? That is the question I have.