Pickens plays the national security card in promoting natural gas.
“I think Congress is ready to address the problem. The problem is we are dependent on oil from the wrong places,” he said in a meeting Thursday with the Houston Chronicle editorial board.
If our national security depends on natural gas, why are we selling Marcellus Shale leases to Japan?
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Pickens is just trying to pad his wallet! I want to know how close does Pickens live to an amine gas plant, compressor station, well site, pipeline, toxic truck traffic, etc???? Tell us T Boone, have they ever "drilled through your living room"??
Based on my knowledge and experience of how bad this shale gas is to residents all over the country, I would shut it down near residents. But, I would allow some very limited drilling to only quantify the production potential of any given play. If the US congress ever declared a national emergency, then and only then would I allow production of this shale gas near residential areas, rural or city. Maybe you could help with this approach, T.Boone?
It's the weakest argument any side can make on anything, "if you are not for this, you are un-patriotic." Now we find out, it has nothing to do with security, and everything to do with personal gain. There's nothing wrong with voting your wallet, but please, just be honest about it. The public is way too savy, this isn't the 1930's.
Extraction of oil and gas are two completely different things. Oil is an international commodity, one in which we do not produce enough of domestically to fuel our demand. One in which we must depend on foreign supply.
Conversely, we have enough natural gas in this country to fuel our demand for a long time.
His plan to take away some of the oil demand so that we are not as dependent on foreign countries and replace it with natural gas demand, which is readily available domestically, is a sound one in theory.
Your comparison is a bad one.
You're right that Pickens wants to replace foreign oil use with domestic gas use which is not a good idea using the current methods of extraction.
So, if domestic gas production is such an important security issue that we would risk polluting our air and contaminating our water and the paradigm of our American Dream, why the bloody hell would we sell any of it to other countries and decrease our supply? Please try to keep up.
If we were to export natural gas in the form of, say LNG, they the buyer gets clean gas and we pay the pollution penality. Not a good idea.