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By CER News Desk on Sep 12, 2012 with 4 responses

Pickens Picks Romney for Energy Independence Over Obama

If Americans want to see sure, steady progress towards the goal of energy independence, they should vote for Mitt Romney, according to billionaire energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens. (See also: Duke Energy CEO Picks Obama Over Romney on Energy)

In an interview with CNBC, Pickens openly backed Romney as President, calling him “better suited” to deal with the increasingly grave energy problem in the United States because Barack Obama only wants to “talk his tax.”

With a large stake in the success of the alternative fuel industry given his deep investments, particularly in wind energy, Pickens’ vote of confidence in Romney appears to be fueled not by political views, but rather by a genuine interest in the future of the energy sector and its continued move away from fossil fuels. This is generating speculation among political analysts that his support could prove valuable for Romney in the battle for votes in oil-producing states like Pennsylvania, Colorado and Ohio, among 27 more.

“All of those (oil-producing states) are key swing states and it would surprise me if any of those states, when they realize that Governor Romney has a plan, Governor Romney, I think, will carry his plan out and that is to advance alternative energy for transportation, which is natural gas,” Pickens told the CNBC anchor. “Now, when you – you know, 70 percent of all the oil used every day in the world goes to transportation fuel. Wind and solar, great sources of energy, but have nothing to do with imported oil.” (See also: Are President Obama’s Policies Causing U.S. Oil Production to Rise?)

Pickens’ criticism of Obama was rooted in the current President’s perceived failure to invest in alternative energy sources, a necessary thing if the country is to become less dependent on oil imports. While acknowledging that Obama “talks about wind and solar all the time,” he noted that work to develop resources was necessary to truly move forward.

“So, President Obama talks about wind and solar all the time, but what you’ve got to do is develop resources in this country. We have those resources and you can get off OPEC oil.”

  1. By Edward Kerr on September 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Energy independence  Romney style will only dig us deeper into the hole in which we now find ourselves. Relying on fossil fuels (yes, even NG) will lead to disaster. An alternative liquid fuel system needs to be developed and developed soon. Neither candidate sees the situation clearly as their eyes and souls are damaged by the lust for power and the love of money. There are technologies that would allow us to abandon fossil fuels ( I won’t belabor them here as I have written about them extensively) I have great admiration for Mr Pickens but Romney does not offer an answer. Sadly, neither does Mr Obama. We voters are, in this election cycle, between the proverbial “rock and a hard place”

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  2. By Wayne123 on September 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Fossil fuels are not going away or being replaced by any other fuel in the next 35 to 50 years. Many people are trying to develop alternative fuels and energy but nothing is cheaper than coal, oil or natural gas, of which we have more than anyone else in the world. 

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  3. By Mary Tracy on September 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    This guy is a dishonest pig. The main reason he promotes fossil fuels is because that’s where he has his investments. The pig showed his lack of scruples when he “swift-boated” John Kerry back in 2004. Also, the pig’s criticism of wind and solar as somehow not being a part of the resources that could be developed in this country is nonsense.

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  4. By shecky vegas on September 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Pickens tried wind power back when he was getting substantial tax breaks and credits for his farms. But he ran into a wall with the NIMBY crowd when it came to laying the transmission lines need to send the electricity where it was needed.

    He’s always been an oil-and-gas man, he just shifts his attention to where the next dollar will feed his bottom line. That’s why he’s pushing so hard for natural gas these days. And that’s why he’s pushing for Romney. It has nothing with Romney’s stance on the issue, it’s how much more leeway people like Pickens can get in digging holes and sucking up gas.

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