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T. Boone Pickens flees from Q&A at Dem. Conv. about his "energy plan"

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Plutonium Page has posted to Daily Kos a diary which helps to expose some important background information about T. Boone Pickens and his “plan” that supposedly will liberate us from foreign oil.

T. Boone Pickens’ Fancy Sales Pitch

Devilstower and I just went to a talk here at the DNC featuring T. Boone Pickens. Everyone was under the impression that the event would involve an actual discussion (as in, a Q & A session, like nearly all of the other Big Tent special topic sessions). We had a really energetic live blog thread going, where all of you were submitting questions.

Sorry, guys. Apparently, the whole thing was just a sales pitch.  T. Boone hightailed it out of there before anyone could even raise their hand.

I’ll post some excerpts below, but really, go to the original, where you can also read the comments, which are just as illuminating.

Maybe he was afraid we’d ask questions like:

   

In 2004, you helped pay for the Swift Boat ads, along with fellow billionaire Harold Simmons, who’s funding the Ayres attack ads this cycle. If you’re willing to tolerate, and even encourage, that level of dishonesty in political discourse, why should we trust you on any subject?

   (From Devilstower)

I wanted to ask him:


   Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma is well known for saying that global warming is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and is one of the most outspoken climate change science deniers around, as well as being joined at the hip with the oil companies.

   In your presentation today, you specifically said that you “believe global warming is real”.

   

However, you have heavily funded James Inhofe’s campaign.  How do you reconcile your support for Inhofe with your promotion of renewable energy programs?

From an energy expert acquaintance via email:

   

Can you please explain why people should take your plan seriously when, for example, you do not include any energy efficiency measures within it?

For a real and honest debate on the topic of energy policy, see the liveblogging thread.

On which Devilstower summed up the Pickens Plan with this update:

Update [2008-8-27 15:7:47 by Devilstower]: And T. Boone heads for the door without taking a single question. Which makes the whole presentation worth about as much as day old spit.

Update:

This comment on the Daily Kos thread explains the real motivation behind Pickens’ Plan — and it ain’t altruism, folks.

 Again, Here Is Picken’s Profit Play

I’m involved in this industry.  His play is rather transparent.  He is cornering the retail CNG (compressed natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fueling stations through his entity Clean Energy Fuels Corp.  He’s pretty much already accomplished this in Texas by purchasing all of the CNG/LNG stations there form the state utility company.  He is also working to do it in Oklahoma and California right now.  These three states plus Utah are the big prize because they have the fueling station infrastructure already in place.  

This is how he hopes to make it big.  It’s extremely simple.  The fueling stations are supplied by CNG that gets the fuel wholesale for about $.50/gallon.  In fact, if you go to a CNG station now in Oklahoma, you can get CNG for something just above that, or about $.85/gallon.  Boone wants to get into these stations and raise the price to the public to about $2.50/gallon and he wants to do this prior to the everybody converting to CNG – That way no public outcry b/c no one realizes that he has increased prices and public thinks they are getting great deal b/c CNG still a lot cheaper than gas.

Of course this only works if people convert to CNG.  That’s why Pickens is spending tens of millions of dollars(personally and through his subsidiary Clean Energy Finance) to promote and incentivize the conversions.  If all this works (the conversions happen and he corners the retail CNG market in just the 4 states mentioned above), Pickens would quickly become the wealthiest person in the world and would be profiting hundreds of billions of dollars per year.

That’s the deal.  

by JCPOK on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 03:11:56 PM CDT

The 50-State Roundup

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This is going to be a long weekend, and there are lots of great stories from around the blogosphere to keep you busy.  In honor
of the Labor Day holiday, we will start off with some posts about workers.  This week's roundup is brought to you by Mooncat of
Left in Alabama.  If any blogs were accidentally left out, be assured that it's due to incompetence rather than malice.

Utah
  In Utah, Tower mine co-owner
Bob Murray has laid off
300 mine workers
.  Wasatch Watcher's marshall has the
story.  Way to celebrate Labor day, Mr.
Murray!

Wisconsin
  Uppity Wisconsin is looking
at Fighting
Bob Fest
as a good opportunity for activists concerned about
factory farms to get organized.

Georgia

  MoreLights takes
American Eagle
to task for not using its money, power and
influence to ensure the workers at its contractor's warehouse are
treated fairly and justly.

More below the fold. 

On Blogs and Media, Rights and Other Stuff

Colorado
  Gunny Bob
likes throwing the word Nazi around
and calling liberal blogs hate
groups.  It's time to push back.

Iowa

  The biggest news out of Iowa is the striking
down of the state's ban on gay marriage
.  The case will
be appealed to the state supreme court, but it's a start!

In Louisiana, Foster Campbell Goes On the
Air

Congressman Steve Rothman exposes the false
talking-points
and explains why the SCHIP program is
vital

New York
  Inspired by the 50 State Blog
Roundup, The
Albany Project and Daily Gotham Started a New York Blog
Roundup.

TXSharon smacks a
professor upside the head at TexasChaos for insinuating that if oil
companies can't drill in her backyard, the terrorists have
won.

On
Iraq 
 

Arizona

  Bobby Muller of Veterans for
America challenges Arizona Senator John Kyl to really
support our troops
, by voting for the Tauscher Bill which would
give them a fair deployment policy.

Colorado

  Zappatero wonders where Colorado
representatives
will come down on the troop surge in Iraq. 
Will they listen to their consciences or listen to the
spin?

Indiana
  Rep. Steve "Nuke 'em
All" Buyer told Sen. Richard Lugar and the rest of the GOP to shut
up
and be quiet about the Iraq War. Blue Indiana questions whether
Buyer has a leg to stand on when it comes to foreign relations.

Maine
  Mike Nutter points out that
Rep.
Tom Allen and every member of the Maine delegation except Republican
Susan Collins
took a stand to end the war.  Way to keep the
pressure on!

Pennsylvania
  Rep. Jason Altmire expects Gen.
Petraeus to recommend a timeline
for reducing troops in
Iraq.  phillydem hopes Altmire makes the connection between the
billions spent in Iraq and the lack of money to help flood victims in
his own district.

While aging politicians argue over the
definition of "success" in a surge,  Fake Consultant at
TexasKaos
reminds us poignantly that young men and women are still being parted
from their families.

On Holding Electeds
Accountable

Connecticut

  On the second anniversary of
Hurricane Katrina, tparty gives Senator Chris Dodd kudos for working
to get
NOLA and the Gulf Coast back on track
, but Connecticut's other
Senator, Joe Lieberman, only gets a lump of
coal.

Minnesota

  A revised
version
of a state fair fan with some interesting information
about Governor Pawlenty and his minion, Lt. Governor Carol
Molnau.

Missouri
  Activist judges are in the
eye of the beholder.  Howard Beale says the Missouri
governor will seek the help of an activist judge
to overturn a
recent court decision on campaign finance.

New
Hampshire

  In New Hampshire, Dean Barker
wants to make sure waterboarding
water carrier Sen. John Sununu
does not get a free pass for
supporting Alberto Gonzales long after most of us realized he might
not be the right man for the job.

At Free State Politics, we considered
the relevance
of Open Left's Bush Dog campaign in the state of
Maryland.

New Jersey
  A Blue Jersey diarist
questions Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) apparent
support
for Chertoff as Attorney General, asking "Is Rob
Andrews Serious?"

DocHoc thinks Oklahoma Sen. Jim
Inhofe should get busy hunting terrorists
instead of doves. 
Really now, doves are much easier for Republicans to
find.

Ohio
  Ohio's Blue Dog Reps
Charlie Wilson (OH-6) and Zach Space (OH-18) are Wifflers


Virginia

  At Raising
Kaine
, Rob outs another Republican flip-flopper.

West Virginia
  Carnacki takes pity on
Republican State Senator Vic Sprouse
after he crashed his
political future on the shoals of hypocrisy.

On
Elections

Alabama
  After an interview with Benjamin Lodmell,
Mooncat thinks he is a very good challenger for Republican Jo Bonner
in AL-04.

California
  In California, David Dayen
reports that Republicans
are lining up to run against Congressman John Doolittle
in the
Republican primary.  How sad.

Illinois

  PrairieStateBlue is trying to put
together a questionnaire
for Congressional candidates
, do you have suggestions? Do you want
to try it in your state or district?

Massachusetts

  David says keep an
eye on the MA-05 race
.  Polling indicates this one is about
to get interesting.

Montana
  Vote by mail looks to be increasing
turnout
in a Missoula city election.  Jay Stevens has the
story.

New Mexico
  In New Mexico, prominent
local progressive blogs back begun the Beat Back
Bush
campaign to help defeat Republican members of Congress in
President Bush's pocket. 

Two North Carolina
Democratic stars
are going at it for the gubernatorial
nomination.  Anglico has the story, but wishes one of them would
enter the Senate race instead.

On
Republicans 

Florida Politics counts the ways
the GOP
has not been good to Florida
.  Of course, the possible loss
of presidential delegates to the party conventions is another
one.

Georgia
  Saxby
Chambliss
goes to Vietnam – 30 years too
late.

Michigan
  Wingnut group wants to recall
Michigan legislators
.. they're threatening a recall before the
tax vote even happens.

Texas
  The Texas GOP straw poll Sept
1 is looking
very lonely
, reflecting the party's declining
importance.

Vermont
  Last, but definitely not least, in
Class
Warfare – Making Sure That The Wealthy Get Their Share and Yours
Too
, bobhiggins dissects an email from the Heritage
Foundation.  This is a must read!