An Oilman on America’s Energy Future

Thursday, November 13, 2008

T. Boone Pickens has been called the “Oracle of Oil.” He tells us his thoughts on how we can resolve America’s energy problems, and what we need to do to move beyond our oil addiction. His new book is The First Billion is the Hardest.


T. Boone Pickens

Comments [23]

Leon Greenberg from Queens

Mr. Pickens advocates the use of Natural gas for new production 18 wheelers and no retrofits for those already on the road who use diesel. He never mentions the 1998 lobbying by Big Oil and the Big 3 automakers to put private vehicle conversions of LPG & CNG under the control of the EPA and therefore stopped what could have been an enormous blow to oil imports and no doubt could have avoided $140.00 oil. The corrupt congress could have pressured the Big 3
auto makers to develop a real production Fuel
Cell car. The idiots in our congress lack perception and thus our current dellema.

Nov. 13 2008 08:51 PM
John from Pocono Lake, Pa.

I have to agree with the other listeners here...Lenny handled the fast and RATHER rude sign off by TBP with grace and a bit of 'gee-whiz' amusement. As a long time listener (and ex-NY'er), I've heard Lenny handle one or two abrupt no-shows with a professionalism that rivals that of a chainsaw juggler. (That's a compliment.) With all his money, TBP should have had a flunky handle it. Poorly done, Boone.

Nov. 13 2008 02:39 PM

There is already a scientifically proven path to energy independence. It is estimated to cost $200 million to bring to production. A pittance compared to what Pickens wants us to spend on his nat gas. Yet I don't see Pickens or anyone else picking up the mantle of Dr. Boussard and his poylwell fusion reactor. Only the U.S. Navy has put any money toward it and that a paltry $14 million over 10 years. Yet the science proved correct.

Nov. 13 2008 12:53 PM
Ellen from New York, NY

Pickens said what he wanted to, figured questions about Swift Boat were coming, and bailed.

Nov. 13 2008 12:50 PM
Sabrina from NJ

Whenever Leonard has to discuss alternative energy, he does so with a dismissive attitude. He can't hide his bias against it. Too bad. Otherwise, I like Leonard's program very much.

Nov. 13 2008 12:43 PM

Kind of hard to believe Mr. Pickens is doing this "for the country" when:
Head of BP Management hedge fund. Investement portfolio in includes Halliburton.
Swiftboat attack on Kerry
Heavily invested in Schlumberger and Shaw Group.
Water privatization:owns 200,000 acres of land atop the Ogallala Aquifer.
I am sorry, but his track record doesn't support what he wants us to believe.

Nov. 13 2008 12:42 PM
SF from NYC

Let the green-washing begin!!

Nov. 13 2008 12:40 PM
Mike from Northern Manhattan

That was awesome Pickens took another call and ended the conversation. Most people would find a radio interview with Lopate a highlight of their year. I guess when you have a billion and are 80 years old you can do what ever you want.

Nov. 13 2008 12:38 PM
Orla from Manhattan

What can I say? Leonard is SO charming. What other 'media personality' could have handled being so summarily dismissed, as he was by T. Bone, with such equanimity and humor? Forget yoga gurus! We should listen to Leonard for inspiration.

Nov. 13 2008 12:37 PM

Get off the phone, T. Boone.


Nov. 13 2008 12:36 PM
Bob from Astoria

Colorado oil shale, didn't Shell figure out how to refine it at $30 a barrel during the Carter Administration?

Nov. 13 2008 12:35 PM

good job lenny

but w the smart guests i guess you have to ask the tough questions first!

Nov. 13 2008 12:35 PM
Eric from B'klyn

For an overview of the energy, geopolitics, population, resource depletion nexus, I recommend Tom Friedman's "Hot, Flat and Crowded." A quote: “No matter how much you tell the market what you want it to do, it is the price signal that markets respond to,” said Dan Kammen, the University of California, Berkeley, expert on energy innovation. Therefore, “anyone who invokes markets and doesn’t want to invoke a price signal failed Econ 101. We invoke the market in energy, but we don’t use it. If you want a market to produce something and there is no price signal, you don’t have a market. You have to have a price signal.”

Nov. 13 2008 12:32 PM
Jamison from NYC

Please ask if he has looked in to algae fuel. No one talks about this but I see it as the best chose of all biodiesel.

Nov. 13 2008 12:28 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

so he's asking us to drill here and now for natural gas (e.g. marcellus shale)?? what about the environmental implications of that??

Nov. 13 2008 12:25 PM
Irvin Schonfeld from Booklyn

Ask Mr. Pickens about his underwriting the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry. Even John McCain found those attacks disgusting.

Nov. 13 2008 12:25 PM
Edward Lewit from Long Island, NY

Can you ask Mr. Pickens why domestic oil costs are not the average of OPEC prices and the cost of production in the US?

Nov. 13 2008 12:23 PM
Chad from UES

Can you ask him if he believes the Iraq war was fought for oil?

Nov. 13 2008 12:13 PM
Eliott from Broooklyn

Natural gas is a FINITE resource in North America. And New Yorkers love their natural gas cooking and clean heat. Boone Pickens should be exposed for his greed-- using windpower as a "enviro smokescreen" to deplete our home gas supplies for a quick profit!

Nov. 13 2008 12:11 PM
Harvey W. from Yorktown Heights, NY

T. Boone has encouraged one of the most despicable campaigns against a U.S. serviceman, namely John Kerry, by financing the "Swift boaters". This is the first time that I can remember in our history that a Purple Heart or any other medal, awarded to a U.S. military man or woman had been questioned. This is right up there with the campaign that Saxby Chambliss had comparing Max Cleland to Bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein. Unless he sincerely apologizes, he should not be given airtime.

Nov. 13 2008 12:03 PM
J. Garbuz from Queens, NY

Better late than never, it is wonderful that finally at last, there is a powerful and influential oilman who had to admit what many of us have known for decades: that this addiction to oil is an affliction that would eventually undermine and bring down America.
I believe that at this point he is sincere, and certainly doesn't need any more money. Perhaps he's atoning for past sins, but whatever may be the reason he is doing this, he certainly has my full support.

Nov. 13 2008 11:58 AM
Joe the Banker

Agree w Sue.

Nov. 13 2008 10:05 AM
Sue in Astoria from Long Island City, NY

I'm emormously ambivalent about T. Boone Pickens credability. I won't believe anything he has to say (not even "Hello") until he addresses his financial support of the 'swiftboating' of John Kerry. Right now, to me, he belongs in the same category as Newt Gingrich - someone pretending to trade up from polotical conservatism into global conservation. It just doen't ring true to me.

Nov. 13 2008 08:35 AM

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