I was hard on T. Boone Pickens last month because of his TV commercials suggesting that wind power could solve our energy problems. I had said:
"I had previously speculated that 33% of electricity could be generated by wind. I reduce this percentage to 20% based on Denmark’s experience. Denmark has 15% of it’s electricity generated by wind and is beginning to have problems. Wind can stop for days at a time. Our wind would be spread over a wider region than Denmark, accounting for the extra 5%."
I retract my criticism of Mr. Pickens. His new commercials disclose that wind power can only provide 20% of our electricity. You heard it here first. But good for T. Boone, I hope he gets his $20,000/hr in incentives expanded past December 31st. It’s a decent use of our federal money.
He does not address the bigger issue of the necessity of nuclear power, but it is not his job to. So I’ll take that one on. The future is nuclear power plants and electric railroads. If we do not get off of our arse and fast-track nuclear power plants and electric railroads, our little experiment might just fall apart.
And then, in the recovery period, we might end up with nuclear locomotives, which really would present safety issues.
Thanks to T. Boone for incorporating the FOX News theme into his pictures. It makes it easier for me.