As I wrote earlier today, I am at a business editors and writers conference in Kansas City. T. Boone Pickens talked about his energy plan during an afternoon session.
In my earlier post, I asked if anyone had questions for me to ask Pickens. Unfortunately, he took only about three questions before running out of time, and I didn’t get a chance. However, I think he did answer BTH’s question:
BTH: Ask him to compare the technical difficulty of his plan compared to putting man on the moon with early 60s technology. Note that we succeeded in realizing JFK’s dream.
Pickens: “This is a simple problem. When I walk up to a pool table, I never see a combination shot. I only see straight-in shots. This to me is a straight-in shot.”
That about sums it up. Here are some more lines from quotable Pickens:
The moderator asked him why he rolled out the plan now. “A guy recently said the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
He said corn-based ethanol will never be much more of a factor than it is now. “Ethanol is an ugly baby, but it’s ours. I’d rather have ethanol than foreign oil.”
On why he feels so strongly about natural gas: “Natural gas is cleaner, it’s cheaper, it’s abundant, and it’s ours.”
When talking about how the United States is trailing other countries in developing wind energy: “Germans are the most highly developed for wind, and they don’t have any wind.”
And on why his plan is the right plan: “If you don’t like my plan, get a plan. … I’ll go for a better plan. Thing about it is, I have the only plan.”
Anyone have any thoughts on the Pickens Plan?