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Pickens Plan Sustainability

The Pickens Plan is a wind/solar power and LNG (liquid natural gas) based plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil over the next ten to fifteen years by three hundred billion a year; building a bridge in search of national sustainability.

The goal of this plan is to be a transitional bridge, to an even better plan that Mr. Pickens feels can be drawn up by someone younger, long after he has retired in fifteen to twenty years.

The meat of the plan is designed to introduce the general American population to the facts of our current condition through awareness.

America needs to hear, see and feel the figures to be fully aware of why the plan calls for us all to move together toward the goal of returning to being an energy independent country.

Although the popular online media has called the Pickens Plan the 1 trillion dollar plan. That is the annual cost over ten years. The total infra structural cost would be ten trillion dollars and even though it sounds costly, Pickens believes that this will be the greatest transfer of energy wealth in the history of mankind, and that this will pave the way for those of us younger than him to design plans that will work sustainablyin the future, using even cheaper forms of energy that will rely even less on foreign production.

The plan starts out by saying that the United States makes up only four percent of the worlds population, yet we use up an embarrassing twenty-five percent of the world yearly oil supply, Mr. Pickens explains on his plan web page. In 1970 twenty-four percent of our oil was from outside the United States. In 1990 we (The United States) imported forty-two percent of our oil. By 2008 weare importing seventy percent of our oil.

The statistics in his plan are clear in stating that of the eighty-five million barrels of oil produced each year, twenty-one million barrels are used here in the United States (only 4% of the worlds population).

That cost, Pickens points out, is 700 billion dollars a year. He also points out that this figure alone in just one year is more than four times the cost of the Iraq wars yearly expense.

This plan calls for a yearly savings of 300 billion dollars of that 700 billion dollar price tag, annually.

As a side note: In just one year, that is enough money saved to cover sending a team of scientists to the nearest planet and back seven and a half times.

In the plan, Pickens goes into slight detail as to why the demand for oil will not be able to be met, and since 2005 has been getting harder and harder to meet. A trend that will continue until the resource is depleted. So, if someone asks the question; Cant we just produce more oil? The plan clearly answers reasonably why we cannot:

Simple and cheap oil is gone.

The United States is the Saudi Arabia of Wind Power. – the plan states.

As a subject heading for what can be done as the first phase of rescuing our country from this current situation that makes an impact.

Producing 22% Wind Power combined in ten years time, with the current 22% of LGN production for transportation instead of domestic energy production, should reduce in 38% our dependence on foreign oil and consequently, save 300 billion dollars a year.

Investing in the wind corridors of the great plains and the solar corridors of the southern states to offset energy production for the grid, will free up the liquid natural gas industry to instead supply a clean fuel for the countrys heavy duty transportation system, reducing our dependence on foreign oil quickly and most importantly, locally.

The Pickens Plan goes into detail as to how investing in wind power and LNG (liquid natural gas) will save us money and free us from using most of the worlds oil supply for only 4% of the worlds population.

Pickens Plan suggests that the 10 trillion dollar transition is not only a cheaper alternative to what we are doing currently but the best one we have right now that builds solid a bridge in search of national sustainability.




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Posted in Sustainable by admin on September 24, 2008.

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