For Immediate Release
Scrutinizing the "Pickens Plan"
WASHINGTON - T. Boone Pickens speaks today at the National Press Club. The following analysts are available for interviews on his proposals:
Bryce's latest book is Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence." He is the managing editor of Energy Tribune and is a contributing writer for the Texas Observer.
He said today: "I'm all for using more natural gas vehicles,
particularly for the heavy truck fleet. But Pickens exaggerates the
ability of NGVs to get us off of foreign oil. On his Web site, he
claims that using natural gas as a transportation fuel will mean
'reducing our dependence on foreign oil by more than one-third.' I
don't know what math he's using, but even a 100-fold increase in the
size of the NGV fleet will only cut America's need for foreign oil by
about 11 percent and overall oil consumption by about 7 percent."
TYSON SLOCUM Slocum
is director of Public Citizen's Energy Program. He said today: "It's
great that an oil man like Pickens is highlighting the need for
sustainable energy like wind. But his 'Pickens Plan' cannot be viewed
simply as a national energy policy because of Pickens' huge personal
financial stakes in the policies he promotes. And many of his claims
are inaccurate. While it is true that America can and should displace
the 20 percent of power generated by natural gas with wind, replacing
gasoline with compressed natural gas (CNG) in our cars and trucks isn't
feasible outside of fleets (public buses, police cars, etc.) because of
the significant costs of making CNG available at corner gas stations.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
If you think a better world is possible, support our people-powered media model today
The corporate media puts the interests of the 1% ahead of all of us. That's wrong. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.
If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to a healthy democracy, please step forward with a donation to nonprofit Common Dreams today:
"And Pickens' boast that fueling cars with natural gas would be 40
percent cheaper than oil is misleading, as natural gas prices will
skyrocket as demand for CNG soars. And at the end of the day, natural
gas is a fossil fuel that increasingly must be extracted in more
environmentally sensitive habitats in the Rockies and offshore.
"Real energy reform places solar panels on our buildings,
increases reliance on wind and puts people behind the wheel of plug-in
hybrids and in mass transit so that we end our addiction not only to
oil, but to corporate control over our energy. Unfortunately, some
groups, like the Sierra Club, have signed on to Pickens' plan because
T. Boone showers money on groups and politicians. That's one of the
reasons we at Public Citizen don't take corporate money."
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.
Please select a donation method: