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Apr 12 2012

T. Boone Pickens Admits Windmills Are a Waste of Money

Even in a time when people can be arrested just to placate Al Sharpton and his mob, sometimes there is justice. T. Boone Pickens, who hoped to exploit green hysteria to make a crony capitalist fortune through inefficient but politically correct windmills, has lost his shirt — or as he puts it, his a**:

Oilman T. Boone Pickens made a statement on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday that should make every green jobs advocate including Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Van Jones sit up and take notice.

“I’ve lost my a–” in wind power.

But what about the mythical “green jobs” Obama gave Van Jones $60 billion of our money to create?

“The jobs are in the oil and gas industry in the United States. I mean, that’s where it is. You have an industry that is superb in comparison of oil companies around the world. They are the best.”

Pickens continued, “They found the oil the cheapest, they found the gas the cheapest for you and all, and you have somebody saying, ‘Hey, they’re not paying their fair share, and they make too much money, they need to be taxed more.’ Hey, they’ve gone out and done exactly what you wanted. They got jobs for you, they got the oil and gas cheaper for you.”

Their thanks: to be denounced by demagogues, looted by thieves, and driven out of business by lunatic ideologues.

The objective, as revealed by prominent Democrat Maxine Waters, is to nationalize the energy sector. After that happens, we will have plenty of windmills, but when we flip the switch, the lights won’t come on.

windmill-fail
Money up in smoke.

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16 Responses to “T. Boone Pickens Admits Windmills Are a Waste of Money”

  1. blue says:

    Democrats treat our oil & gas reserves as toxic waste not a national resource…..

  2. whotothewhat says:

    What the wind mill near my house will look like after a 50 cal round rips through it from a Barrett 821A1.

    Get back to finding oil! T. Boone you fracking moron.

  3. Clingtomyguns says:

    One of the few things that sort of keeps my blood pressure down when I think of all of the real Americans who fought, sacrificed and died making this country great and preserving freedom for 200 years so that in 2008 control would be handed to insane communist idiots like Maxine Waters and Obama are the words of Ronaldus Maximus, which never get old:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
    Ronald Reagan

    Man is not free unless government is limited.
    Ronald Reagan

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
    Ronald Reagan

  4. LarryG says:

    ?? Glitch.

  5. modd kenwood says:

    no matter/ dems don’t care …forward!! march !!!

  6. KHarn says:

    There was talk that Pickens only did the windmill thing to get the right of way for a WATER PIPELINE in which he expected to make a killing.

  7. bobdog says:

    You should give Pickens more credit. He’s not the greedy capitalist pig you make him out to be. He made his money in natural gas, and he makes a damn good case for it. But that’s not the end of it. He wants any form of domestically produced energy we can produce to succeed.

    As he puts it, the middle east produces 20 million barrels of oil a day. We use about 2 million, something we can easily replace using domestic resources. In return for the remaining 90% of that production, which goes largely to Europe, India and China, we get nothing in return from them. But we keep aircraft carriers and our troops in the middle east, protecting somebody else’s oil. He wants our troops home, and so do I.

    He doesn’t care if it’s oil, gas, solar, wind, or unicorn farts. He just wants us to produce our own energy. You can snide things up if you want to, but I believe him and agree with him.

  8. Jimbo says:

    bobdog @ 5:31

    I agree with you. I think T Boone is a good capitalist. His home estate is in the far north of the Texas Panhandle (near Canadian), where the wind ALWAYS blows – thus his experiments with windmills.

  9. nobody says:

    You all keep forgetting that T Boone never wanted to make money off of wind power! He is fooling you again.

    He and his family owned water rights in rural TX that he needed right of ways (approved by Govt) to build water piplines to the cities.

    The Wind Farms that he was building were just an excuse to get approval for Electric Transmission Lines (right of way) to the cities, that he intended to then bury water pipes into.

    It was always about the water, and of course HUGE Gov TAX SUBSIDIES to dick around with Wind Power.

    Of course he lost his ass. The TAX SUBSIDIES went away.

    Do I need to look up the aritcles from 2009?

  10. Jimbo says:

    nobody, good buddy – I’m not disputing Picken’s ultimate motives.

    But I do have to ask – this is a WHOLE other subject…

    In your opinions, is water a private commodity, a human right, or a tool for government control?

    Is there such a thing as a private well or private watershed?

    Is the water flowing from your gutters really yours for capture and use – or does it belong in the water table for the ‘greater good’?

    If you have a well on your land are you stealing from your neighbors?

    Considering they sell a pint of dirty bottled water with a french name for about $2 – I’m thinking water could be a good investment – unless, of course, the government controls it all, then we’re ALL screwed.

  11. Infidel says:

    Of course greedy corksuckers like Pickens are going to blast anything that can’t be controlled in order to extract as much money from those who are dependent. Like most “good” capitalists, he won’t invest his money in anything that can’t make him millions. Don’t fool yourself into thinking he actually produces anything. He invests money into those who do produce, in order to make more money for himself. Nothing wrong with that, but not as altruistic as his admirers would believe.

    If as much energy and resources were put into the development and improvement of small home site wind generators, which have been used successfully since the 1930’s. there wouldn’t be an energy crisis. The reason is that they can’t be managed by government, or controlled by corporations. I’ve been generating some of my own electricity from the sun and wind for nearly 30 years. I could go off the grid in a heartbeat, while most of you city dwellers would freeze in the dark.

    “What the wind mill near my house will look like after a 50 cal round rips through it from a Barrett 821A1.”

    I can’t imagine someone so terrified, or resentful, of a windmill that they would shoot it. Stupidity, or mental illness? take your pick.

  12. Winston Smith says:

    Infidel windmills on small farms in the 1930s when most farmers had maybe a small fridge, some lights and a radio if they had made enough money is one thing, running a modern economy off windmills is a complete joke. Europe has been on a green energy kick of wind and solar for decades and yet those produce maybe 10% of their power. Spain is in such dire straits thatits slashing solar power subsidies. Even at the peak Spain was lucky to get 20% of its power from solar with massive subsidies.

    Youve been generating SOME of your power with wind for 30 years? Not ALL? Problem with windmills is they are useless when the wind isnt blowing and storage batteries arent cheap and need to be replaced and are filled with toxic heavy metals. If one is rich enough they can afford the massive costs of green power but not for everyone else.

  13. Infidel says:

    Winston,
    Who’s talking about “running a modern economy”? I’m talking about the individual homestead. I’m not an advocate of the big wind or solar farms. They won’t work until the petroleum and natural gas supply is depleted. More specifically, they won’t be allowed to work. the reason there were windmills, and passive solar heaters in the 1930’s was because it was NECESSARY. Today, alternative energy on a large scale won’t be relevant until it BECOMES necessary.

    That’s right, I only generate some of my energy because, as of yet, that’s all that is necessary. Yet, if necessary, I could go off the grid without missing a beat. In fact we were at ground zero of a major blizzard a couple of years ago. Eleven days without electricity. I had enough to sustain the household, had internet access via aircard, even watched the Super Bowl. Heated with wood.

    I couldn’t give a flying fuck if society collapsed because they’re not prepared, and dependent.

  14. Bob Roberts says:

    Actually I’m surprised – Pickens was pushing natural gas, not windmills. When did he get into wind power? He was certainly quiet about it.

  15. Bob Roberts says:

    There was a huge wind farm in west central Texas. We decided to fly over it and have a look at it one night and it was pretty impressive to see all those red lights, one on each tower, blinking in unison for as far as the eye could see.

    This is allegedly an image of part of one of the west Texas farms, not sure it really is though. In fact both these links could just be stock photos or they may actually be in Texas.

    http://www.windpowerninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/texas-wind-farm.jpg

    http://www.aerialarchives.com/stock/img/AHLB3541.jpg


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