Oil Man To The Rescue! Or Not

Just like everyone else, I’ve been watching the commercials and listening to the radio announcements put out by T. Boone Pickens.  Initially shocked and surprised that an oil man would jump on the green wagon so whole heartedly I was happy but with reservations.

It felt like some vital piece of information was left out of his oh so green plan.  Well… it turns out he’s not only switching into the wind business but he and his subsidiaries are moving into the water business as well.

Those of us that live in Oklahoma and Texas draw water from the Ogallala Aquifer located under both states panhandles.  Pickens, a shrewd business man quite familiar with oil drilling techniques, is buying up the land and ground rights to the entire area for the wind farm.  Once T. Boone Pickens has the land and ground rights in his possession he can charge for energy and water.  Even when the aquifer is mostly drained Pickens will be able to scoop the last drops from the earth.  Talk about a money making deal!

In Beijing, and elsewhere, the aquifers must be drilled to a depth of about 3000 feet before finding fresh water.  Are we headed in the same direction??

As water tables fall, well drillers are using modified oil-drilling technology to reach water, going as deep as 1,000 meters in some locations. In communities where underground water sources have dried up entirely, all agriculture is rain-fed and drinking water is trucked in. Tushaar Shah, who heads the International Water Management Institute’s groundwater station in Gujarat, says of India’s water situation: “When the balloon bursts, untold anarchy will be the lot of rural India.” (from http://www.eoearth.org/article/Aquifer_depletion)

Hmmm… T. Boone Pickens seems to be looking at a bigger picture than he lets on. Press play to see more on this story from one of my favorite, sometimes goofy, light hearted, entertaining, educational and environmental news channels… ZapRoot at http://www.viropop.com/.

Regardless of your political standing or how you feel about the human contribution to global warming, it seems to me, we’re not being given the whole truth.  Where there’s a little lie chances are a bigger lie lurks.

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One Response to “Oil Man To The Rescue! Or Not”

  1. Hi!

    I think it’s great that you are analyzing and evaluating T.B.Picken’s energy plan, I’m not a bit surprised that he’s engaging in business activities related to wind and natural gas. From my point of view, he would be a hypocrite if he WASN’T “putting his money where his mouth is.” I’m not sure that I see anything unethical in these purchases, it’s a great idea to monitor his actions. As for his ideas to begin with wind power, and gas, I absolutely agree with them. I think we should do EVERYTHING we can to become energy independent! As for wind and gas, I have a couple of whimsical suggestions about that.

    1) Have all the bombastic Hollywood elites stand on a hillside every day, reading Melville’s MOBY DICK outloud;
    2 Double or triple the size of Congress. (This is risky, but the amount of hot air we could harvest would be astounding!)

    3) Make the Hollywood elite AND the Congress nothing but beans and bourbon.

    Thus, we will have all the wind power and gas we’ll ever need! 🙂

    Love you guys!

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