Boone's farm: Pickens project to tap the wind

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 6, 2008
HE'S a Texas "oil baron,” he's politically conservative and he's a man with a 10-figure net worth. So why is Boone Pickens chasing windmills?

Alternative energy is the future of this country, Pickens says, and he's got his sights set on greener pastures — even though he admits not particularly liking the looks of those giant turbines.

The Holdenville native and Oklahoma State University graduate is building what would be the nation's largest wind farm, in far west Texas. He's also a fan, with obvious self-interest, of expanding the market for clean natural gas as fuel to run vehicles as well as make electricity and heat homes.

With world consumption of oil outpacing world production of oil at critical times, alternative energy sources are surely needed. Pickens, in addressing The Oklahoman's editorial board last week, expressed skepticism for the economics of ethanol but admits the corn-based fuel blend must be part of the mix.

His wind farm has the potential to generate 4,000 megawatts of power.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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