First, you have to hand it to Mr. Pickens; he looks as cool and comfortable giving a seminar on the downside of fossil fuel use as Al Gore. This 80-year-old legend in his own time is moving too fast to let any moss grow, and on the Internet at that.
Next, hooray for this oilman's clear declaration on what importing petroleum is doing to our country. When he speaks, industries listen, and he’s speaking now about developing America’s abundant wind energy potential in the heartland.
Thinking Outside the Continent
Now, all we need to do is “ride the horse the direction it’s going,” as someone we know used to say. Mr. Pickens is already riding hard toward a renewable energy future, so here’s our hope:
T. Boone Pickens will discover that Hawaii is 92 percent dependent on imported oil for our energy, including a whopping 77 percent for the state’s electricity generation. Wind, solar, geothermal, coal and a smidgen of hydro power make up the rest of our power generation, but oil is the big contributor.
Hawaii is arguably closer to becoming 100-percent fossil fuel free among the states for one reason – the tropical ocean in which this fleet of islands is anchored. If Mr. Pickens were to write another renewable energy equation using ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) power out here in Hawaii instead of wind, we could be on our way to eliminating fossil fuel use in the Aloha State.
OK, not in this decade or the next, but by 2030 we could be getting close, maybe even surpassing the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative goal to be 70 percent reliant on renewable energy by then.
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