Pickens has a plan consisting of using wind turbines for electricity and natural gas for transportation. He would like to line the Central flyway migratory path with wind turbines and has made no provision for green house gases caused by burning natural gas, another petrochemical. There is no infrastructure for moving the electricity around the nation.
All Gore wants to go solar. We will have huge solar panel arrays in the southwestern USA that would supply energy for us all. Problem is, the infrastructure does not exist to disperse this energy.
While any movement toward sustainable energy should be encouraged, I just wonder why there has to be ONE SOLUTION for alternative energy? When we have the technology to convert tires to biodiesel, make biofuel from blue-green algae or E coli, run cars on water, why do we need to lay more pipelines, establish a new electric grid, or disrupt wildlife migratory patterns?
Whatever we do, it should be done with an eye to mitigating global warming and minimizing ecological impacts. We should also diversify our fuel sources as much as possible. Maybe I am just paranoid, but one EMP exploded above our wind turbines and solar panels would wipe out our new energy sources and destroy our energy grid. Energy should be produced locally in all areas of the country.
We should stop and think about what we are doing BEFORE we do it. What do you think?