Pickens' 'Energy Plan' Lacking in Actual Detail

Talk may be cheap, but oilman spending $58M to push empty rhetoric
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2008 11:44 AM CDT
Camels are seen beyond an oil well near the Khurais oil facility in an area where operations are being expanded, about 60 miles southeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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(Newser) – T. Boone Pickens has plenty of ideas about making the US less dependent on oil, and he has plenty of reasons why. But broad generalizations about using wind power to generate electricity and natural gas to power cars doesn’t offer enough “how-to-get-it-done” detail to make it an actual plan, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. writes in the Wall Street Journal.

“Asserting that something would be good to do is not ‘a plan,’” Holman writes. “Saying how to do it is ‘a plan.’ By this standard, what the legendary oilman is devoting $58 million to pitch hardly amounts to a decent slogan.” Pickens’ pie-in-the-sky platform isn’t new, and bears a striking resemblance to John Kerry’s 2004 plan to reduce imports by a couple of million barrels a day.