If you haven’t been to PickensPlan.com yet, please stop by and view the short video.  T. Boone Pickens, the big oil man has big plans for wind power.  This video should make you feel better about the current oil crisis.  Just the thinking is a step in the right direction.


Mr. Pickens’ plan is pretty straight forward and sounds both practical and doable.  It’s not a complete solution, but it would dramatically reduce the demand for oil and in a reasonable amount of time.  We need more billionaires out there thinking up ideas like this one.

What’s amazing is there is so many people coming up with great ideas that I wonder why people do not feel more positive about the future.  Just look at what the last two days of piddling good news has done for the stock market.  It only takes positive thinking to create a bull market.  Sure, we shouldn’t live in fantasy land and ignore our problems and failures.  I can’t see why the nightly news can’t present at least a 50-50 mix of good and bad news, instead of a long stream of negatives with a token upbeat story at the end.

If the middle of America could be made into a giant wind farm, why can’t the deserts be turned into giant solar energy farms?  I expect the next twenty-five years to be exciting and transformational.  If every oil billionaire comes up with a substitute for oil we should be energy independent in no time.


3 thoughts on “PickensPlan.com”

  1. I agree, Jim. A lot more could be done. I think that the initial cost puts a lot of people off. It’s very expensive to set up alternative energy sources, regardless of the cost and environmental benefits. It’s also inconvenient.

    I know they’re only excuses but people will make them all the time – and don’t forget it’s people who run business.

    The Queensland Government has a program where they’re going to turn all the government owned schools in the state solar. I think it’s brilliant and it should have been done years ago. Of course it’s going to take years to accomplish – cost again. The state government also offers home owners rebates on solar panels for their houses so they can create their own electricity for the house with the excess fed back into the state grid. I haven’t looked into the program closely yet except that the rebates won’t cover the whole cost – it’ll still cost thousands after rebates from what I can understand but the future savings would be enormous.

    I’m currently saving for that although I haven’t decided whether to do put it on this house (which isn’t mine and will never be mine) or get David to sell this house and buy/build another one together and make it solar.

    The really odd thing with the schools is that no state schools I know about have water tanks. We’re in the middle of a water crisis and trying to recycle as much water as we can and yet all that roof space that could be collecting water isn’t doing a thing.

  2. You’d think Australia would be on the front lines with solar energy since its such a sunny place.

    However, only rich people can dabble in solar now. The price for collectors for home use are still too high. I recently read a story about a man spending $40,000 for his setup, and it was a modest one. When a system gets down to the price of an average car we’ll see some big changes.

    Ditto about Australia being on the front lines with water conservation. We need to bring back the cistern and get into gray water treatment everywhere.

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