Monday, May 19, 2008

T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens, the founder of Mesa Petroleum and one of the richest people in the United States is getting into clean energy. Over the next 4 years he plans to erect 2,700 wind turbines in the Texas Panhandle, enough to power about one million homes. It's not about being green but about making money and the people of Sweetwater are already benefiting from his latest money making endeavor. The town, and neighboring counties are experiencing a boom from jobs created to build and service his wind farms. The ranchers whose land he will use for the turbines will also receive $10,000 to $20,000 a year per turbine in royalties.
While Pickens has always been a big supporter of Republicans, including W, he is frustrated by the lack of action by the government to make the US energy independent. It's too bad he wasn't open minded enough to support a presidential candidate who was open to developing alternative energy, like Gore in 2000.
Pickens isn't someone I could ever really like, especially after his 3 million contribution to the swift boaters, but I'm glad that someone with his business expertise is getting involved in alternative energy. He is also interested in developing a solar energy corridor from Texas to California and is a outspoken opponent of the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
This really beautiful picture is by Chris Crawford Photography and is entitled Clouds over Texas Panhandle.

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