Thanks to Steve for finding this video clip:
All I heard last week in Miami was that "Green is gold". T Boone got the
Back in 91-92 I competed with T Boone Pickens and Mesa to develop natural
gas vehicle fueling infrastructure in Texas, California, Nevada, Florida,
Georgia and elsewhere up the eastern seaboard. A little known provision of
the Energy Policy Act of 1992 MANDATED that one million non-petroleum
vehicles be on the road in the US of A by the year 2000. The Democratic
Congress also MANDATED that federal, state and local government fleets start
converting to non-petroleum fuel vehicles so that by the year 2000 100% of
new purchases would be powered by non-petroleum fuels.
The alternative fuel business stalled in 1994 because post-Gulf War I oil
prices dropped below $30/bbl and stayed there for ten years -- and our newly
elected Republican Congress (remember Newt and his Contract on America?)
conveniently forgot why Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. About the same time a
fellow named GW Bush became Governor of Texas and he put the kibosh on
ongoing natural gas vehicle promotions by those Democrats who dominated the
Texas Land Office.
To these slash and burn Republican reformers unfunded government MANDATES
became the enemy rather than dependency on oil pumped from distant and
unfriendly reaches of the planet. Newt and his loyal Rubber-Stampers in the
US Congress (aka Sen. John McCain and Rep. Clifford Stearns) methodically
and deliberately slashed the funding for and gutted the Clean Cities Program
and the alternative fuel vehicle provisions of the Energy Policy Act of
As a direct result of these deliberate policy actions American oil imports
soared and alternative fuel initiatives in Florida died.
The Republican dominated US Congress killed these alternative fuel vehicle
programs during a booming economy. This murder was not an accident; this
killing was not a coincidence. It was a deliberate effort to increase our
consumption of petroleum fuels and stop competition from other energy
So, remember who killed Clean Cities when you hear incumbent Republicans
talking about how those environmentalists and liberal Democrats are
responsible for high gasoline prices because they would not allow drilling
But I digress.
So as Yogi Berra said, "It is déjà vu all over again." T. Boone Pickens has
gone green, as he now sees a way to make even more $$$$$$$$ with his Texas
land holdings. He is now pushing wind, solar AND natural gas vehicles.
More power to him.
Let's get Florida to jump on this band wagon. There are absolutely no
technical or economic barriers to the widespread and rapid deployment of
natural gas vehicle fueling stations for use by fleets operating throughout
Florida. There are absolutely no technical barriers to implementing an
aggressive program to replace dirty gasoline and diesel fuels with clean
burning natural gas motor fuels to power all types of cars, trucks and
There are perception barriers; there are institutional barriers; there are
educational barriers; there are political barriers. But anyplace there is a
natural gas pipeline in place to warm your buns or cook your dogs there are
no serious technical or economic barriers to fueling your chariot with
cleaner, safer compressed natural gas.
Today T Boone Pickens is investing in wind power in the Midwest to replace
natural gas and coal based electricity. Florida Power & Light has committed
to build about 90+ MW of solar electric generation in South Florida and GRU,
Tallahassee, JEA, OEU, Florida Progress and others utilities have committed
to build several hundred megawatts of biomass power generation.
These projects will free several hundred megawatts (actually MMBtu's) of
natural gas capacity for other uses; the highest and best use is as motor
fuels for cars, trucks, boats and buses; all types and sizes. All this
renewable energy also gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to experiment with
making renewable hydrogen and blending hydrogen gas into natural gas
applications at concentrations up to 15% by volume with minimal changes in
Florida has the opportunity to use our renewable energy resources to
jump-start the transition from gasoline and diesel fuel to natural gas and
hydrogen motor fuels. Gainesville is in a unique position in that we are
already moving to significantly reduce the use of natural gas for electric
power generation with aggressive use of solar thermal, photovoltaics,
biomass, efficiency and conservation. We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
by another 20% just by starting to replace petroleum motor fuels.
Since GRU owns the natural gas utility and has the ability to contract for
long-term gas at favorable prices GRU can recapture lost revenue by jump
starting the use of natural gas vehicle fuels to replace diesel and gasoline
motor fuels throughout the GRU service territory. Centrally fueled fleets
are the best candidates for this transition.
The added benefit is that this simple fuel replacement reduces greenhouse
gas emissions by about 20% compared to petroleum fuels. In addition, other
criteria air pollutants, such as NOx and fine particulate, are reduced to de
minimus levels. Toxics in the liquid fuels, such as benzene, are completely
eliminated as is the liability of water pollution from leaking underground
But the real incentive is $$$$$$$$$. Even at current high prices natural gas
motor fuels would be about 1/2 the cost of diesel fuels and gasoline.
Does anybody think that oil will once again fall back to $30/bbl?
If you want to help build this industry give me a call.
David E. Bruderly, PE
Bruderly Engineering Associates, Inc.
920 SW 57th Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32607-3838
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Subject: T Boone Pickens' effort to educate the US public about energy
This could be the best half hour you'll spend today.
There are two written stories--this one and the embedded one "unveiling a
plan to boost the use of alternative energy." And there are two video clips,
the introductory one is 8 minutes and the alt-energy plan is 14 minutes.
Very worthwhile in my opinion, even for those who thoroughly understand the
problem, because of the way he has simplified a very complex system into a
The biggest revelation here is that TBP has mounted a nationwide campaign to
educate business leaders, politicians, and the public about the energy
problem, and has made the first $10m buy for the TV advertising part. Stay
Dr. Stephen R. Humphrey, Director of Academic Programs,
School of Natural Resources and Environment,
Box 116455, 103 Black Hall, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-6455 USA
Tel. 352-392-9230, Fax 352-392-9748