Jill Burcum: T. Boone Pickens, Egypt and America's oil problem

  • Article by: Jill Burcum , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 3, 2011 - 7:48 PM

The United States has put energy policy on the backburner during the Great Recession.

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mutt10RFeb. 1, 11 5:55 PM

And STILL no talk of conservation...

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sportoramaFeb. 1, 11 6:01 PM

-and transitioning commercial transport fuel from diesel to natural gas.- A very good idea and it will reduce air pollution too.

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sportoramaFeb. 1, 11 6:02 PM

Jill, I suggest you spend a few minutes googling "peak oil."

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sportoramaFeb. 1, 11 6:08 PM

But only google "peak oil" if you are willing to risk a serious bout of depression.

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wildfoxFeb. 1, 11 6:17 PM

We need to begin to produce American products and buy local goods.

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wildfoxFeb. 1, 11 6:18 PM

"peak oil" happened in the 1970's we are on a downward slope.

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RAMBOS51Feb. 1, 11 6:19 PM

all of the sudden ethonal doesn't look so bad, least we keep the Money in America where it gets used again and again and again..........guess we can't be so mad at Our American Farmers making a few bucks....better than supporting the people that kill us and themselves....

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RAMBOS51Feb. 1, 11 6:21 PM

also WE ARE PRODUCING American made goods....AND LOCAL!!!! Ethonal....Quit being so stubborn and Use the Stuff........

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sportoramaFeb. 1, 11 8:12 PM

-"peak oil" happened in the 1970's we are on a downward slope.- For the US, but not for the world. Soon it will happen for the world, and by 2040 there will be 3 billion people living an energy-intensive life, instead of the 1 billion who live it today. As for ethanol, it costs a lot to make, and growing more of it will crowd out farmland that could be used to grow food, thus making food more expensive.

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tomfoolery61Feb. 3, 11 2:35 PM

Good ole T Boone Pickens also had, and I assume still has, a large interest in Natural gas production so again he is a bit biased. I keep hoping we are successful separating starch from waste grass's that can be converted to fuel - ethanol should just be the stepping stone to get us on renewable fuel

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