T. Boone Pickens: The Man with the Plan – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday July 19, 2008

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Whether you believe the dire environmental warnings pushed by some, the claims of the peak oil apostles, or are more moderate in your energy views; energy is an area we clearly need to address on this planet. Its cost, its growing consumption, and its criticality to the needs of our civilization put it front and center among our top national and global issues.

America and the planet need sensible, sane energy policies that both meet the needs of our growing civilization and respect and take care of Earth -the only home we have. Wind power must find its place in that sane mix.

Harsh solutions will not satisfy anyone and we are going to have to find compromise to succeed. The spirit of that compromise seems to be emerging. They say politics makes strange bedfellows. So too, it seems, does energy policy. With soaring energy prices denting our pocketbooks, a hopeful plan is being floated by an unlikely, but influential individual – T. Boone Pickens. Suprisingly, Pickens’ plan is garnering support from, of all people, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club.

Many Americans are familiar with Pickens – the self-made Oklahoma oil man. He is known for his lavish philantropy and his seemingly unqualified support for President George W. Bush. The latter, honestly, is beyond me at this point.

However, one of my personal mottos is that I will listen to good ideas regardless of their source and ignore bad ideas regardless of their source. Pickens’ misconceptions about the president have no impact on his having an idea worth listening to. Right now, Mr. Pickens has a good idea and I am listening.

He is traveling the media circuit and making smart use of the Internet to promote his proposal dubbed The Pickens Plan. The plan calls for a strategic effort maximize wind power potential in The United States.

Wind power is already succeeding in places like Maui, Hawaii. A test project there, about to be expanded, is now meeting about 10% of the island’s energy needs.

The Pickens Plan calls on The United States to convert the natural wind resource we possess in the Great Plains into wind energy. His proposal calls for wind to replace the 22% of nontransportation energy consumption now covered by natural gas. The natural gas would then be transferred to the transportation sector where it would produce 38% of our needs. That could replace about $300 billion per year in energy imports.

Pickens is a savvy businessman and, no doubt, he has positioned his business interests to benefit from this plan. That’s just smart. If he comes up with a plan that benefits all of us, why shouldn’t he derive benefit? That’s a true free market in action.

Nonetheless, I believe this approach makes a lot of sense and could go along way to satisfying both environmental concerns and energy needs. Click the image below to view PIckens’ video description of his plan.

I’m curious to know what you think. After you watch the video, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the plan.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Portugal Sets Pace on Green Energy – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday February 6, 2008


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Today’s affirmation is:

“I am in touch with nature. Every day I feel my feet touch the earth. I feel the wind fill my lungs. I feel the water bring life to every cell of my being. I feel the warm sunshine on my face. I am in touch with nature.”

While larger countries debate “should we or shouldn’t we?” on renewable energy, Portugal has become the front line for renewable green energy sources.

In my mind, the debate on global warming is irrelevent when it comes to renewable energy. Whether human beings are contributing to global warming or it is simply a natural phenomenon seized on by power-hungry politicians and research funding seeking scientists; matters not. Cleaner, renewabale energy is the smart, positive way to feed our planet’s voracious appetite for energy.

In the United States, as well as many western nations, politicians have been talking and talking and talking about “renewable energy sources” and “energy independence” for decades now.

But, alas, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and other fossil fuel heavyweights always seem to be blocking the path. These companies make nice commercials about their commitment to renewable energy. Meanwhile, they bank roll politicians who talk and talk and talk, but never seem to get around to acting. 

“It’s not feasible,” goes the mantra, “alternatives are not competitive with fossil fuels.” 

While the U.S. and other western nations debate, Portugal is acting. While the U.S. spends hundreds of billions of dollars a year to support an offensive posture half way around the world to protect it’s “vital interests” (i.e. – oil), Portugal is proving that alternatives can transform a nation’s power use and its economy.

Whoever becomes our next president, we are going to hear more talk. The time has come for this nation to act and follow Portugal’s lead. Don’t let anyone tell you it is impossible. The sky really is the limit in finding new and better ways to fuel our advancement.

Be peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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