A bird in the Hand
December 24th, 2008
A Bird in the Hand …
I’ve always worked on the theory that a bird in the hand is better two in the bush. I’m here to tell you folks that the PickensPlan is the real thing. We can sit here and talk forever about Hyperion and whether or not it is going to happen, but the PickensPlan is happening. There is no carrot being dangled in front of you to see if we are the chosen one. It is happening right now.
I’ve been the district coordinator for about a week and you would simply be amazed at the talented people that have joined with the plan. Just in South Dakota are many people that are dead serious about accepting alternative energy sources and moving away from foreign oil. I get emails every day on people wanting to join and offering their services to do whatever has to be done to get more to join the program. They are so happy that they can do something to help reduce the dependency on foreign oil.
One of the big factors about foreign oil is that OPEC has just announced that they are going to cut back on production by 2.2 million barrels a day in oil and thus push the price back to $75 to $100 a barrel. It is a sad day when another country can dictate to us what we are going to spend on oil. It isn’t a case of supply and demand anymore. They’ve gotten use to $100+ for a barrel of oil and think they can hold us hostage to that. Well, that might happen with the PickensPlan for a couple of years, but when this gets off the ground and the infrastructure is built, those that are holding us hostage now are going to have a lot of oil to eat because we will no longer be dependent on them for our gas and electricity.
Let me tell you what the initial PickensPlan consists of. First they are going to get millions of Americans, you and me, to sign up to pledge that we will start conserving NOW. This will force the price of oil down because consumption will be less. Then the plan is to open transmission corridors across America to enable the power to get to where it is needed the most, and of course where the market is. Opening the corridors is something that is going to have to be done by the federal government because there will be so many states involved and negotiating with each state would be an absolute headache. President-elect Obama has promised that he will put alternative energy at the top of his list, and we have to believe that this in fact will happen because of the people he has nominated to fill these seats. He has picked top notch people who are environmentally knowledgeable about this and realize the seriousness of the situation. This plan is not something that will have the price determined by foreign interests. The price will be available at a rate that is 20-30 percent less than what we are not paying for just coal fired plants.
Think of what is going to happen with just the pollution levels when the windmills start producing. We already have a few windmill fields, but they are on a much smaller scale that what is going to be in the PickensPlan. I’ve always heard that things are bigger in Texas. They think big too. It is almost 1800 miles from the Canadian Border to the Gulf of Mexico. Can you imagine how many windmills can be put into a corridor 1800 miles long? The windmills are only one part of the plan. From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, are going to be solar farms. Not just little farms, humongous farms. Probably on the scale that Hyperion wants to use for the refinery. The big difference is that these will not be polluting the air or the water. The only problem with solar farms is night. But with the farms being built in the solar belt, when it is daylight, they will be producing massive amounts of energy.
The other thing that the PickensPlan is going to endorse is switching the 18 wheelers to run on natural gas. Pickens has said that almost 30% of the diesel fuel that is used in the United States is used by semi-trucks hauling product. I don’t know the figures on conversion, the price per gallon or anything like that. The one thing I do know is that we (The United States) have one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world. Now don’t ask what they expect the trucks to get in terms of miles per gallon but whatever it is, has to be cheaper per gallon that diesel.
This is going to be a learning process folks, so if everyone does their part to get educated on these new ideas now, the less confusion there will be when the words really start coming in about the advantages of alternative energy versus oil. Go up on the internet to http://www.pickens.com/, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a member of the Pickens Army. Call me if you have questions, email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to sign you up to the plan. In fact, I will be calling most of you anyway to talk about the plan. It has been a long time since I have been as enthused about this as anything else. You cannot imagine how much this is going to hurt the foreign oil industry and how much it is going to help us. Two for the price of one!