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T. Boone Pickens Tweaks His Energy Plan

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January 20, 2010, 2:02 pm

By JIM MOTAVALLI

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Matt Nager for The New York Times
“We have to target heavy-duty vehicles,” Mr. Pickens said during a meeting at The New York Times.

From our friends at the Wheels blog:

T. Boone Pickens, the Texas billionaire, got his first car, a 1942 Ford, in 1946. But in an interview today at The New York Times, he made it plain that the national romance with the automobile was beyond his reckoning. “America is nuts about cars,” he said. “I don’t quite understand this thing about horsepower. Cars are not a big deal to me, but they are a big deal to a lot of people.”

Nevertheless, the Pickens plan he began in 2008 seeks to transform the way Americans drive by powering vehicles with what he calls our “abundance of clean, cheap, domestic natural gas.” But, in New York, Mr. Pickens said he was refocusing the plan, not only de-emphasizing wind energy, but also turning his natural gas focus from cars and pickup trucks to big commercial vehicles, including buses and the 18-wheelers that move American freight.

Read the entire article here.