And he believes that’s easily done by leveraging the vast natural gas deposits in and around our nation and then making nat gas a transportation fuel. “We have the resources in America to do it,” he said.
In fact, Pickens thinks the only reason the nation hasn’t made greater strides is because of politicians intent on advancing special interests. “I’ve had Senators tell me we don’t want to pick winners. I say, ok, but if you don’t pick nat gas, then you’ve picked OPEC! ”
“I get really upset,” he added. “It really does PO me that we can’t get something done as obvious as this is.”
And Pickens says, it's a win, win. For drivers, the cost of nat gas will make operating vehicles less expensive. And for energy producers the added demand will put a floor under nat gas prices.
And to the argument that nat gas prices are falling too sharply for companies to reliably turn profits, Pickens adds, "By next summer, I think nat gas trades around 3. I think we’ve bottomed out.”
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