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Video: T. Boone Pickens and His Push for the Future

Thomas Boone Pickens is a billionaire and former oil-man who is out to save the country. He’s now 80 years old, but is showing courage and leadership on energy innovation that belies his age. Pickens has put together a plan to ween America of foreign oil in 10 years—a plan toward which Senator Obama tipped his hat in his nomination speech. Pickens has a straightforward manner about him. He’s an old cowboy, after all. He’s also got a straightforward approach to solving our foreign oil problem: power our cars with American natural gas, and replace our natural gas electricity generation with wind power. True to form, he’s called this approach “The Pickens Plan.” Here’s T. Boone explaining his idea:
His plan sounds simple enough. But what’s involved logistically? All our vehicles run on gasoline or diesel fuel. Are we all supposed to invest the $8,000 to $20,000 to convert our vehicle to compressed natural gas? I’m, of course, willing to load up my credit cards again if it means helping the country ween itself off oil, but I don’t expect many other people to feel this way. Does this make it an impossibility without a government-sponsored conversion program? Or, better yet,  a T. Boone Pickens-sponsored conversion program? Do we use eminent domain to take over the fields required for turbine farms? I’m all for the wind development in America’s mid-west. But why not build wind at break-neck speed and roll out electric vehicles at the same time? Another nitpick: T. Boone’s American energy resource list does not include geothermal. If you’re interested, here’s another video of T. Boone Pickens making his case to Congress. For more information, visit pickensplan.com.


The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..

A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with […] Read More..