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Memo to T. Boone Pickens: energy plan is half-brilliant,

Memo to T. Boone Pickens: energy plan is half-brilliant,

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Climate . Half of it is great, the big push on power. Heck, even the administration says wind could be 20% of U.S. electricity. But the that we would use the wind to free up natural gas in order to a transition to natural gas vehicles no sense.

Why would we go to the trouble of our vehicle fleet from on one expensive fossil fuel to expensive fossil fuel? Any up natural gas should be used to coal .

Major cable . I was hoping you liked the whole That way we could use you on the show . You don t any ideas of who might like the thing?

Climate Progress [ Long crickets chirp, the wind . sea levels rise a few meters ]: No. The who will like the renewables probably won t be thrilled about the fuel part, and vice

Major cable network . I m sure we will find reason to use you soon.

I am thinking working that into a about a mild-mannered blogger for a metropolitan progressive think who sacrifices his chance to be on television he refuses to endorse an inane I was looking at Matt Damon to me, especially now that he has put on a little .

Seriously, though, it s great gazillionaire TBP is talking up peak oil and the wind power bandwagon Wind Power A core solution ). And it s great he plans to tens of millions of dollars this idea and delivering the that $15 billion dollars for the production tax credit is peanuts to the $700 billion this is going to spend on foreign oil year.

But if you want to displace oil, the thing to do is use of the wind power to plug-in hybrids (see hybrids and electric cars a climate solution ), multiple of which will be introduced the US car market in two years. Indeed, electric utilities controlling the of the plug-ins, they can make use of variable windpower, which is available at night time. would be win-win-win.

The Pickens however, is based on the utterly idea that Harnessing the of wind to generate electricity give us the flexibility to shift gas away from electricity and put it to use as a transportation fuel.

Uhh, never gonna T. Boone. Never. The most reason is the gross inefficiency of the plan.


Right now, We use natural gas to produce 22% of our electricity. of that electricity comes gas burned in combined cycle gas at an overall efficiency of up to 60%. Why in the would the federal government or else spend billions and of dollars on natural gas fueling and natural gas vehicles in order to the gas with an efficiency of 15% to 20% . Natural gas is too useful and expensive to squander in a fashion.

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And then there s global

It now seems clear this will have a major to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a for carbon dioxide within a few That means all federal and sector energy-related investments increasingly be driven by the need to reductions in carbon dioxide at the lowest price.

Running on natural gas does NOT significantly GHG emissions (esp. if there is the tiniest leak in the whole gas process). Running a car on electricity the U.S. electric grid reduce GHG emissions. And running a car on from combined cycle gas would have a far lower GHG than running the car directly on gas internal combustion engines are too damn inefficient. Of course, a car on the wind power would vehicle admissions completely.

Or using the wind power to coal plants would the emissions from those entirely.

So again, neither the government nor anyone else is to spend billions and billions of on natural gas fueling stations and gas vehicles.

A 2002 analysis of why gas vehicles (NGVs) didn t on was published in Energy Policy . an Alternate Vehicle Fuel: Learned From Natural Gas For , (subs. req d). The study concluded, the benefits of NGVs were as were the early cost for both the vehicles and the refueling Early promoters often that prices just to drop and cited what out to be unachievable price levels. The concluded, Exaggerated claims damaged the credibility of alternate fuels, and have retarded especially by large commercial

So a large-scale switch to NGVs by is not going to happen no matter T. Boone does. But he could accelerate windpower into the and for that alone he deserves kudos.

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