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July 23, 2008

T. Boone Pickens- Who is this guy on my T.V. every 10 minutes?

"Boone honey, how many times do I need to tell you- I want a new G650. You'd better get off your ass and get those wind turbines running. Pronto!"

"Boone honey, how many times do I need to tell you- I want a G650. You'd better get off your ass and get those wind turbines running. Pronto!"

Corporate raider and George W. Bush chum Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. seems to be on my television every time I turn it on. He appears in a commercial touting his energy plan (http://www.pickensplan.com/). In it he asserts that we must take steps to cease our dependence on foreign oil, citing both economic and security issues as justification to do so. Sound good? Of course it does, but there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Why would a lifelong Texas oil pimp want our country to switch to natural gas and wind powered energies? Because we are running out of oil and he wants to profit on the next energy boom. You see, T Bag Pickens is in the process of building the world’s largest wind farm in Texas. He also has some serious big money holdings in natural gas. While I commend T. Boone Pickens for attempting to educate the masses on the dangers of peak oil and proposing solutions to combat our dependence, I have a sneaking suspicion that profits are the real reason he’s so gung-ho about his project. If Pickens has been so concerned about our country’s energy future, then why has he given millions of his own cash to elect politicians content with the status quo? Because Boone Pickens is a savvy investor, and he sees that his oil profits will begin to dry up as our oil supply dwindles. As usual, he’s ahead of the curve. The more politicians he gets elected that don’t support alternative energy funding, the fewer competitors he has to deal with. Just as sure as you can’t make money in the oil business if you have no oil to drill, you can’t make money in alternative energies if you have too much competition. The Pickens plan is inspired not by a desire to better America, but by a desire to continue amassing his fortune.

Boone’s prior “patriotic” endeavours include a $3 million contribution to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth 527 group (SBVT). This is the outfit, as you may remember, comprised almost entirely of vets whom never served with John Kerry, that deemed him “unfit for command” in a series of television advertisements. Of the ten soldiers that served with Kerry on his boat crew in combat, only one joined the Swifties. All of his other living brothers in arms supported his presidential bid. But this made no difference to Pickens. His friend G.W. Bush was Kerry’s opponent, and he’d be damned if he had to allow official military records and testimony from all but one of Kerry’s boatmates derail his quest to get W elected. In financing this group of liars, Pickens cemented his status as a scumbag. Further proof of Boonie’s dishonesty was his offering of $1 million to anyone who can disprove any of the charges made by the SBVT, only to renege on the offer when presented with military records proving several of the Swifties claims as falsehoods by a group of Vietnam vets.

So, when the ad comes on your T.V. and a friend or family member says “this guy doesn’t seem so bad” please explain to them Pickens’ motivation for the project as well as his involvement in the sad case of the Swift Boaters smear campaign.

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15 Comments »

  1. Pickin’s hostile take overs put many people out of work.

    Gutting sound businesses of assets for profit did not endear him to those put out of work.

    The Bush crowd has some basic values that make them short on compassion for their fellow man.

    The result is anything they say or do is aimed at helping themselves.

    Comment by batguano101 — July 23, 2008 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  2. Amen to that, batguano. And they call themselves “compassionate” conservatives. What a load of BS.

    Comment by deciders — July 23, 2008 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

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  4. speaking of T bags. Who is the T bag that writes this shit

    Comment by notmuchtodo — July 24, 2008 @ 12:03 am | Reply

  5. Who am I? Just an ordinary, patriotic American that is fed up with the republic party’s lies, distortions, inaccuracies, fear mongering, homophobia, racism, sexism, and exploitation of tragedy. I’m not an extremely wealthy individual, nor was I born into a political dynasty. My father didn’t arrange for me to be a male cheerleader at Andover and Yale (a la GW Bush), nor did he leave me an oil business so that I’d be able to fund blasphemous commercials which smear the valiant service of a brave Vietnam veteran (a la T. Boone Pickens). However, he did raise me to seek the truth and do my part to better our society. In exposing the gross hypocrisy of the w(R)ong wingers, I feel that I am finally doing my part. Just an ordinary guy exposing that fraudulent entity we call the republican party for what it is- a big lie.

    Who are you? I’m guessing a racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, holier-than-thou yet incompassionate fool whom falsely believes that he knows what the hell he’s talking about. Not much to do? Why don’t you go beat off, rather than waste our time advertising your ignorance.

    Comment by deciders — July 24, 2008 @ 1:04 am | Reply

  6. Great post. Agree with you about Pickens disgusting past & his less than altruistic motives for pushing alternative energies. However, I don’t care how he chooses to spend his fortune (est. $10 billion in wind farms) as long as he’s not pimping the drilling of ANWR & the Pacific coast. Check out Tom Friedman’s op-ed in the NYT today. It’s rare that I agree with Friedman as much as I did after reading today’s column.

    Comment by maximus — July 25, 2008 @ 1:06 am | Reply

  7. So what if he wants to make money..

    Al Gore is doing the exact same thing with all his companies..

    making money..

    Comment by Dave C — July 25, 2008 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  8. Let me explain how yours is a flawed comparison, Davey Boy. It’s true that Al Gore too makes money, but there is a difference.

    Al Gore hasn’t spent the past thirty years using his influence and power to elect public officials hostile to alternative energies. In fact, he has done quite the opposite.

    Boone Pickens has used his resources to support “global warming is a hoax/drill it dry” candidates for many years. And now, he tries to play himself off as an alternative energy prophet/Mr. Sierra Club.

    Do you see the difference?

    Comment by deciders — July 25, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  9. but if wind farms and solar and other renewable sources of energy emerge from it all, whether it’s T. Boone or A. Gore investing in it, then wouldn’t the planet come out on top..

    I don’t think the earth will care one way or the other who is building the windmills

    Comment by Dave C — July 25, 2008 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  10. If Boone Pickens wants to cover the entire Texas panhandle with windmills, he’ll get no opposition from me. I suspect that the fine print of his grand energy plan includes provisions which insure that he derives all of the corporate welfare benefits available, however. It’s doubtful he’s praying for much competition, either. This might hamper his profit growth.(gasp!) I tend to be opposed to such arrangements.

    T Bag Pickens has spent his entire life destroying this great country of ours- politically, financially and enviornmentally. I don’t think it’s such a stretch to question his motives while keeping in mind his history. That was the point of my piece. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

    Comment by deciders — July 25, 2008 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  11. that’s a bit of a stretch to say he’s destroying the country..

    as for the environment, there are CO2 scrubbers out now that can remove a ton of carbon from the air about the size of an AC unit that sits outside a house..

    all of the above, drill for oil and alternatives..

    Comment by Dave C — July 27, 2008 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  12. No, it’s not a “stretch”. Pickens has indeed done his part to destroy the country by funding candidates who seem hell bent on destruction, both domestic and foreign.

    Ok, and what exactly do these “CO2 scrubbers” have to do with Boone Pickens?

    Comment by deciders — July 27, 2008 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  13. Amen to that brother. I came to this website thinking exactly that “Who the hell is T-bone head Pickens’. Heres a billionaire who has done nothing in the last 20 years to make fuel economy better, and hasn,t offered a solution in the past, but now that everybody hates the oil guys and rightfully so, he is taking the opportunity to show he is a concerned friend of the american worker. The ceo of Exxon got a 393 million dollar bonus this year, and this guy is going to tell the avg hard working American, how he is gonna help us. Its as insulting as Lilco who has been raping us for years, telling us how to save a few pennies on electricity, with house tips like don,t run your air conditioner when its under 100 degrees. This fat cat doesnt know what it is to fill his tank, he,s been getting chauffered, like all the rest of the b.s politicians. A typical fox, trying to run the hen house!!!

    Comment by ricky — August 27, 2008 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  14. Ricky-

    Well put. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Don’t run your air conditioner when it’s under 100 degrees- that’s pretty f’n funny, man.

    PEACE

    Comment by deciders — August 28, 2008 @ 1:33 am | Reply

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