We tried wind in So. Cal. Not there yet. How much money do you think Pickens has invested in this. Solar . . .still too expensive. However, I believe that both solar and wind plus other means will become viable as we go on. In the mean time I think we all have to accept the fact that the World's economy will be dependent on fossil fuels for the forseeable future. In that regard the United States has to divorce itself from this the greatest transfer of wealth in history and start utilizing our own resources. We have no friends in OPEC.
Pickens has or is willing to put in over 2 billion of his own money.
And his plan isn't just about Wind or solar which are both important and necessary, but a lot of his plan is about the switch to natural gas based vehicles. He constantly harps that if the US government would mandate all of it's vehicles switched by a certain time frame, and then force the trucking industry to switch as well we'd cut our nation's foreign oil consumption by almost 80% and that will be more effective than any off shore drilling(which he actually recommends but only as a temporary solution). Also, he talks about not having to worry as much about infrastructure build out as the Trucking industry is on an almost completely different set up than us 4 wheelers and the US gov't can put Nat gas where ever they need it.
The whole idea is that we have to change what we are doing. Doesn't anyone wonder why Europeans get vehicles with upwards of 65 mpg ratings while we don't? Did you know that our Gov't actively prohibits the production and sale of those vehicles in the states. Do you know that our Gov't makes it damn near impossible to connect those wind farms to the grid? It's ridiculous, and both sides are to blame. This could've been handled 20 years ago, and it seems like our leaders today are willing to let the future generations to figure it out.