- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your Monday editorial “When T. Boone Pickens speaks” and Jack Kelly’s Monday Commentary column, “Right idea, wrong fuel,” both say Mr. Pickens puts his money where his mouth is. That’s backward. He has an investment in power-generating windmills. Thus, he is putting his mouth where his money is, not vice versa.

On the other hand, I agree that natural gas makes sense as an alternative energy source. The technology is proven. Twenty-five years ago, when I lived in Spain, taxicabs there ran on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in replaceable steel cylinders stored in the trunk.

Gasoline in Spain back then, as I recall, cost about what we have been paying in this country the past year. Taxis used LPG because it was cheaper.

I also remember clearly that not one single taxicab in all of Spain had a windmill mounted on its roof.

Power-generating windmills have another drawback. They kill migratory birds, which fly into their whirling blades at night. As a right-wing bird-watcher, I can assure you, all it will take is a few dead spotted owls paraded up to Capitol Hill for the greenies to have their filthy way with us once again, this time scuttling wind power.

Alternative energy sources have potential, but it’s going to take time to see where and how they best suit our needs. T. Boone Pickens is right when he says the way to buy that time is to resume drilling for oil.

JOHN S. MASON JR.

Alexandria

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