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    Interesting Q&A in the Aug 15, 2008 Wall Street Journal.

    "WSJ: How can the U.S. lower the amount of gasoline, and therefore imported oil, it uses?

    Mr. Pickens: Only one way quickly. You have to change the fuel. If you don't have the oil, what can you use to reduce imports? The answer is natural gas. We are so fortunate to have an abundance of natural gas. It's cleaner, cheaper, and it's ours. How could we ever have imported so much oil when we have so much natural gas? The answer is we didn't have leadership. We have 142,000 natural-gas-powered vehicles, mostly trucks. We sit here like dumb-dumbs. We have plenty of natural gas.

    WSJ: You argue that coal is the immediate answer to our energy needs. Won't more coal-fired power mean more global-warming gases?

    Mr. Pickens: No question about it. But you can clean it up. The coal is ours. That's a resource we have available. We can't keep importing oil. I'd rather use our finite resources than somebody else's. And natural gas will be a bridge to the next generation of transportation fuel. Right now we have nothing.

    WSJ: You're promoting the Pickens Plan, a blueprint for a dramatic change in the U.S. energy landscape. Do you see any politicians or companies embracing new energy policies that make sense?

    Mr. Pickens: There's no policy. We have 250 million vehicles in America. We have got to make some changes. The government must come out and say all government vehicles in the future will use natural gas. You can revitalize our economy, our transportation system, and create an energy system in 10 years that would be the best in the world. Instead, we're importing oil that will be $300 a barrel in 10 years."

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    Re: T Boone Pickens

    Another WSJ article showing Mr. Pickens with his GX:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...37350415905382
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      Re: T Boone Pickens

      Originally posted by bobmac View Post
      Interesting Q&A in the Aug 15, 2008 Wall Street Journal.

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      WSJ: You argue that coal is the immediate answer to our energy needs. Won't more coal-fired power mean more global-warming gases?

      Mr. Pickens: No question about it. But you can clean it up. The coal is ours. That's a resource we have available. We can't keep importing oil. I'd rather use our finite resources than somebody else's. And natural gas will be a bridge to the next generation of transportation fuel. Right now we have nothing.

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      Natural gas is the bridge to renewable natural gas... i.e., bio-methane produced from carbon-based waste products.
      Benefits include landfill reduction; production of natural gas for transportation (it will move 18 wheelers; EVs won't), electricity, and liquid fertilizer; and the process has about a zero carbon footprint, if any at all.
      More at
      www.cumminswestport.com/biomethane

      On our 2012 Green Across America road trip, we toured the Quasar Energy plant in Columbus, OH. They're actually making a profit, running their operations on 30% of the electricity they produce and selling 70% back to the grid; also from selling natural gas to fuel the waste hauler trucks, and liquid fertilizer to the farmers (it's more effective than solid fertilizers). Details and photos of that trip can be found at CNGTravels.me.
      White '09 GX

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