Monday, August 04, 2008

Who Says There's No Good News in the Paper?

This story in today's NYT give the lie to that hoary old line about no good news in the paper anymore. It's wonderfully written, timely, and full of hope for the future. I learned something about wind power, and even more about Nebraska and the Great Plains. And so will you if you read the piece.


At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the story. Have been trying to work behind the scenes to promote wind turbines that could save costs for gov't. buildings or could generate income for our little city on Lake Erie. Beats selling off our assets. Alternative energy sources like this appeal to our better nature and spark civic pride. They probably would not draw crowds to watch them turn in the evening sun, but would prompt schoolchildren to think about practicalities of being good citizens of the world. Win-win in my book.

Of course if we could use turbines to utilize the endless wind of some politicians around here, at least something would get done. . . .

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous craig said...

Imagine you've read about T.Boone Pickens's plan for wind farms. Newseek(7/21)has a short piece about it (p.10). For more straight from the horse's mouth:

It is definitely an interesting take on how we might change our dependence on foreign oil. The guy's a billionare and says he has the country's best interests at heart.

Check it out.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Yes, there's another story about him and his plan in this morning's NYT. We'll have to take him at his word about having the country's best interests at heart. But I, for one, don't trust his word much after his obnoxious seven-figure bankrolling of the idiot Swiftboat clowns who tarred John Kerry's Vietnam military record during the 2004 presidential election. Pickens further tarred his own reputation by welshing on a public promise to pay $1 million to anyone who could prove that the Swiftboaters lied. When that proof was presented, the oily oil man backed out. Who knows--maybe he figures his wind power initiative is a way to clean up his image.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."

--Dick Cheney

Would love to see someone prove him wrong, but was distressed to see Pickens's role in swiftboat controversy. I wondered why Pickens is working so hard to get his plan approved as part of Republican platform when it seemed like a no-brainer for the nation, not just a party. Thanks for connecting the dots.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Just to clarify: my intention wasn't to assume a direct causal relationship between Pickens' (I think) shameful role in the Swiftboat controversy and his more recent campaign on behalf of alternative energy, as if he were seeking public redemption for the former by pressing the latter. Like most people, he acts from a combination of motives. And it's a relatively common phenomenon for a person whose reputation is, well, mixed (he's essentially been a corporate raider most of his career) to seek some more altruistic path in his later years, often as a vehicle for leaving a more positive legacy.

Whatever his particular motivations may be, I'm less interested in them than in whether his campaign will cause some lasting good to be done, just as I'm less focused on whether Bill Gates is trying to clean up his image as a software monopolist by plowing most of his personal fortune into public health (and convincing his buddy Warren Buffett to do so as well). In the end, the good works are far more important than the mixed motives behind them.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Here's another fresh take, a critical one, on Pickens' plan:,0,3336586.story


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