Green Job Reality Check: Pickens’s Lost My A** in Wind Power

Russ Steele

News Busters has the story – – T. Boone Pickens: ‘I’ve Lost My A–‘ in Wind Power – ‘The Jobs Are in the Oil and Gas Industry’

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. This came moments after he said, “The jobs are in the oil and gas industry in the United States”  Go HERE and check out the video. 

If Boone Pickens cannot make money on the wind, what are the lesser folks going to do to change the game?  Every time I go past the wind turbines standing mute in the breeze, it seem obvious that once the subsides stop, so do the profits.

The folks in Kansas have figured out how to create jobs in oil and gas.

And while the government continues to waste our hard earned money on “green jobs” and “green subsidies” that never seem to produce anything, traditional private sector investment finds a way to turn a healthy profit and invigorate the economy in Kansas.

“Kansas’ oil boom is important for two reasons. Firstly, here we have another example of the incredible job-producing abilities of brown industry. Compare the furor over Kansas’ oil and gas explosion with the unfulfilled and overhyped “green” jobs, which have yet to materialize. And while green jobs will require subsidies for years, brown jobs don’t require federal upfront money — and will deliver taxes to the Treasury right from the start.”   Read the whole thing from Walter Russell Mead.

H/T from Mark Meckler for the Kansas information at Across the Fence.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to Green Job Reality Check: Pickens’s Lost My A** in Wind Power

  1. Brad Croul says:

    Time to convert your car to natural gas,

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/natural-gas-time-decade-16120358#.T4YPaJpWrss

    and get a Bloom Box for your house,

    http://www.bloomenergy.com/

    • sean2829 says:

      Is the home scale Bloom Box available? I know a 1 KW unit for $3000 has got a lot of attention but its not clear its on the market. (The commercial systems are $700-800,000 for a 100 KW system or 2.5x more expensive per KWHr. The second question is cost to operate. I saw a reference where the price of the electricity it delivered is supposed to be about $0.08-0.10/KWhr so it could make sense where natural gas is cheap and electricity is expensive. In CA it may be competitive but there won’t be a compelling reason to install one of these unless the cost of power is well north of $0.10 per KWhr unless the low grade wast heat might also be used.

    • Dena says:

      At a break even point of 10 to 15 years, the Bloom box rates right up there with solar cells. It would be a good device to use where dragging a power line in would be costly but I don’t think it’s worth it for the average home owner. What everybody forgets about is electric power only cost about 2 cents a kilowatt hour and the remainder of what you pay is for distributing it. It may be what we really need is a cheaper source of copper!

  2. Natural gas has a lot less energy than gasoline and climbing local hills can be a real challenge, as the local transportation commission found out when they let the Gold County State buy the CNG trollies. Those trollies struggled in the our hilly terrain and became maintenance nightmares. Know what you are doing before you do a conversion.

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