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Need a big-ass wind turbine at a reasonable price? T. Boone Pickens may have some extra ones you can buy cheap, unless he can inexpensively fashion them all into old-school windmills and find a race of giants who are really into miniature golf:
Plans for the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped, energy baron T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday, and he’s looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines.
Pickens has already ordered the turbines, which can stand 400 feet tall Ã¢â‚¬â€ taller than most 30-story buildings.
“When I start receiving those turbines, I’ve got to … like I said, my garage won’t hold them,” the legendary Texas oilman said. “They’ve got to go someplace.”
Pickens’ company Mesa Power ordered the turbines from General Electric Co. Ã¢â‚¬â€ a $2 billion investment Ã¢â‚¬â€ a little more than a year ago.
Like most industries around the world, the recession has hurt wind turbine manufacturers and wind farm developers. Companies have shelved development plans and laid off workers.
That last part is an important point, because the Obama administration’s insinuation is that short-term crippling of the economy to force the market into more “green” areas is an acceptable approach. What they don’t take into account is that a crippled economy means the market is incapable of moving in any direction — be it green, pink, red or blue.
Pickens spent about $60 million last year advertising wind power as an alternative to dependence on foreign oil.
I can help T. Boone a little bit, because I know who he shouldn’t call to take the turbines off his hands for purposes of “green” energy, and that’s the environmentalist Kennedy family, who support alternative energy big time… unless it obstructs their view of Nantucket Sound from Cape Cod.
As usual with any “green” push, there was more to T. Boone’s motives and what would have been the result of his efforts (even more new taxes, anyone?) than was often reported — and even though Pickens seems to be on my side politically, when he started this “project,” I stopped seeing T. Boone Pickens and started seeing Al Gore. In short, it had all the markings of a Boone-doggle. Pickens is also the victim of failed speculation — assuming that the price of a barrel of oil would be $250 by now and we’d have no choice but to buy his turbines. Didn’t work out that way.
Besides, spending a lot of money on something that was poorly thought through and based on a flawed view of future trends that culminates in a huge waste of money is the government’s modus operandi. This time it was mostly Pickens’ money, but next time we might not be so lucky. Given this uneasiness, I’m not entirely unhappy that it didn’t work out as planned.