T. Boone Pickens Still Pushing Natural Gas As Transportation Fuel – US Would Gain By Using Cheaper Domestic Energy Instead Of OPEC Oil
By Paolo von Schirach
November 7, 2012
WASHINGTON – Oil man and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens has been pushing forward an energy independence agenda focused on making greater use of the domestic shale gas bonanza. His “Pickens Plan” is quite simple. American trucking companies and corporations relying on large fleets of trucks like Walmart, UPS and FedEx, should start switching to trucks fueled by domestic Liquefied Natural Gas, because LNG is much cheaper then diesel.
In so doing they would help boost the production of an American energy source, while they would also help reduce America’s dependence on imported oil. There are more than 8 million heavy trucks in America and they use a lot of oil based fuel. Switching to cheap gas would be good for them, for US energy companies, for America’s balance of payments and for our national security, as we would become more energy self-reliant. Bottom line, choose shale gas from Pennsylvania, Texas or Ohio instead of buying oil from OPEC.
Post election message
Pickens favored Romney instead of Obama, because Romney seemed to be a stronger supporter of US energy production. But Pickens is still pushing the same agenda with Obama’s re-election. Here is his post election message to his supporters:
“Though I supported another candidate in this election, I congratulate President Obama on his re-election. We should all remember, no matter how divided Americans are during the campaign season, we have one President, and we can only succeed when we come together as a nation to find solutions to our greatest challenges.
In his last State of the Union address, President Obama spoke strongly in support of using America’s natural gas resources to reduce dependence on OPEC oil. I applauded his call for action at the time, and I will be eager to see him turn this promise into a reality during his second term.
I hope that, without the pressures of a re-election campaign bearing down upon him, the President and his new Cabinet will reach out to Americans of all political persuasions; representing all commercial sectors, the environment, those who are focused on social and economic needs and have us all work together to secure our energy future, reduce our dependence on OPEC oil and get our economy moving again.”
– T. Boone Pickens
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