Monday, February 21, 2011

Transit Natural Gas Coalition website launched

The Transit Natural Gas Coalition was established to share resources and expertise for the benefit of transit agencies, manufacturers, suppliers and industry experts to help advance natural gas as a fuel of choice for mass transit. The benefits of a natural gas bus fleet are numerous. It is less expensive than diesel, the maintenance is cleaner and more predictable, the engines are reliable, and it improves bus operations efficiency.

Also, there are
Natural Gas for Transportation - It’s cleaner, cheaper and domestic!

Friday, February 11, 2011

In January we spent the most we’ve spent on oil imports since 2008

From the desk of T. Boone Pickens:

I spent the better part of this week in Washington, DC meeting with leaders of both parties in both the House and the Senate. I was very encouraged by the level of understanding of the Pickens Plan and the continued support from many. It was a great trip. Check out my video message here:

As we've seen over the past three weeks, events over which we have no control can have an alarming impact on our economy and our national security by potentially disrupting the enormous daily oil imports we continue to rely on.

The oil import numbers for January we just announced show that we imported 366 million barrels of petroleum-62 percent of our needs-at an average price of $89.17 per barrel.

That means we spent $32.6 billion on our oil addiction in January. In fact, January was the most expensive month since September 2008, when the economic downturn began.

This problem is not going away. The recent turmoil in Egypt and growing concerns about more crises in the Middle East are showing us just how volatile oil prices can be. Importing 62 percent of our oil underscores our vulnerability and exposes us to risks in price spikes and supply instability. I think we'll see gas prices hit $4 a gallon by this summer.

Also, this past week the Tampa Tribune published a glowing editorial endorsing the Pickens Plan. We're still working hard and still spreading the word-and I know you are, too.

Thanks for everything you're doing. Together we're going to make a safer, cleaner, more prosperous America.

-- Boone

First Responders Safety Training

Alternative fuels have already displaced 2.4 billion gallons of petroleum. All signs point to an even wider implementation of clean fueled vehicles in the near future. To ensure First Responders around the country are prepared, the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Learning Program has produced curricula and training materials on Biofuels and Biofuel Vehicles, Gaseous Fuels and Gaseous Fuel Vehicles, Hydrogen and Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles, and Electric Drive Vehicles. Through this program, First Responders will learn about key fuel properties and characteristics (including fuel tanks and delivery systems, safety considerations, and flammability levels), vehicle components, vehicle identification and first responder standard operating procedures.

Click here for an extensive overview of the Clean Cities Learning Program along with details on the various modules of the First Responder Training curricula.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jim Ferguson On Rooftop Solar & Feed-In-Tariff

The Public Record article about Jim Ferguson speaking to CVEP in January 2011.
Jim Ferguson, attorney, former mayor and councilman of Palm Desert, explained his passion for roof top solar and a feed-in-tariff (FIT). A key proponent of the popular state AB 811 city program to help fund rooftop solar and energy efficient upgrades, Ferguson is poised to take on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac ad anyone else who wants to stand in the way of putting solar on rooftops across the United States.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Response to ProPublica

Key documents referenced in the following message:
  1. The ProPublica article "Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated"
  2. A rebuttal from Energyindepth
  3. A response from ProPublica "Clearing the Air on ProPublica’s Drilling Pollution Story"

From: Kolodziej, Rich
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 5:30 PM
Subject: ProPublica Response

In case you missed it, in an article posted on their website titled "Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated," a writer for ProPublica, an investigative journalism organization, concludes that the greenhouse gas impacts of natural gas production and use are far worse than estimates from any other previous studies. Despite being riddled with flaws, the study has gotten a lot of media attention – including a mention in a New York Times [blog entry] yesterday.

To aid you in responding to inquiries about that study, [there] are three documents. The first is the ProPublica article (which you can also find at The second is a statement by EPA [below]. The ProPublica article relied heavily on EPA analyses. EPA basically said that they didn't do an analysis; ProPublica simply did their own analysis based on some preliminary data EPA had gathered. The third document is a rebuttal of the ProPublica article done by Energyindepth – an organization funded primarily by producer associations. It pokes lots of holes in ProPublica's article.

We are working on collecting input from these and other sources and preparing a dispassionate fact sheet. We hope to have that done shortly, and will send that to you. In the meantime, please used the information in the attached documents in responding to inquiries.



Richard Kolodziej, President
400 N. Capitol St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202/824-7366
Fax: 202/824-9160


EPA releases statement on ProPublica piece

EPA has not conducted an analysis of coal versus natural gas, and there is no new report.  The information referred to in the [ProPublica] article was developed based on information from a Technical Support Document, however, which was developed as support for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The reporter used that data and did his own calculations to arrive at the figures used in the article.

The [Technical Support] document [referred to] above does not estimate emissions from the gas industry and the emissions estimates in the [ProPublica] article were not developed by EPA. EPA has not reviewed the analysis described in the article in detail, but we have not seen any indication that the benefits of natural gas have been called into question.  Available data demonstrate that switching from another fossil fuel to natural gas reduces emissions of carbon pollution and other harmful pollutants that threaten Americans' health.

Erin Birgfeld
Director of Communications
Climate Change Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Finally, consider this opinion by Andrew Revkin:
The climate issue? Natural gas, when extracted and burned without leakage, produces about half the carbon dioxide per unit of energy produced compared to coal. But when the gas escapes to the atmosphere, it exerts a potent heat-trapping influence because the main constituent in natural gas is methane, which is the second most important human-generated greenhouse gas, not far behind carbon dioxide.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pickens: Middle East Unrest

Pickens Plan - Note to the Army


T. Boone Pickens' long-standing warnings that our addiction to OPEC oil is a national security issue has attracted new attention as the unrest in Tunisia and Egypt threaten to spread to the oil producing nations of Nigeria, Angola and Algeria.

In the National Journal, reporter Amy Harder quoted Boone as saying:

"Nothing has happened that I've seen that has cut down on the availability of oil," oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told National Journal Daily on Monday. "But the uncertainty has obviously crept into the market."

So, Harder asks, "what's got the oil traders all worked up?"

"They think it could go to the ultimate conclusion and that is that Saudi Arabia could be overthrown," Pickens said. "And that's the largest supply of oil in the world." Saudi Arabia shipped 367 million barrels of oil to the United States in 2009.

Harder points out that to reduce America's exposure to unrest in unstable countries and regions, "the transportation sector needs to be weaned off oil, increasing public transportation, shifting to electric vehicles, and, if Pickens had his way, natural gas engines for large trucks."

Also on Tuesday morning, reporter Darren Goode from the "Morning Energy Report" of talked to Boone:

WHAT EGYPT MEANS TO T. BOONE - Pickens thinks the situation in Egypt could get worse - a lot worse - for crude oil and gas prices and that reinforces his message to wean ourselves off of foreign oil imports. "We've already said that something like this was likely to happen and it has," Pickens told POLITICO's Darren Goode yesterday. "If it's not now, that civil unrest will happen again."

He said the problem is not so much what happens in Egypt but whether civil unrest expands to more prominent Middle Eastern oil nations. "You're seeing a dry run of sorts with unrest in countries like Tunisia and Egypt that are not big on the oil market," he said. "And you better watch close because the next one may be Algeria or Libya or, God forbid, Saudi Arabia." "And if that happens," he said, "you're really going to have a mess on your hands."

- Team Pickens