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Unlikely allies push for greener energy

When a Texas oil billionaire and a Nobel Peace Prize winner share the same sense of urgency about the need to develop alternative energy sources, maybe skeptics should listen.

Just days after former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech calling for an elimination of carbon-producing energy sources within 10 years, longtime George W. Bush supporter T. Boone Pickens will be touting his investments in wind energy to the House Democratic Caucus.

Two men on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum are speaking with the same urgency about the need for a change in energy policy to combat global warming. Both say America's dependence on oil is a threat to the nation's security. Both say more drilling won't solve the problem.

Gore is well known for his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, warning of the catastrophic effects of global warming. He has traveled the world urging political leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions and invest in alternative fuel sources.

Now Pickens has taken up the cause after making his fortune in oil. He created a Web site — — unveiling his plan to fuel cars with natural gas and to harness wind energy for most of America's needs. And he is investing $300-million to build the largest wind farm in the world in Texas.

President Bush should take note of the Gore-Pickens Green Team. The Republican who helped bankroll the Swift Boat attack ads on Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign has found common ground with Bill Clinton's vice president on the issue of climate change.

If nothing else, maybe Pickens can persuade Bush to switch to wind power at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Unlikely allies push for greener energy 07/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 3:37pm]
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