trojan windmills

I haven’t dug into it too much yet, but there’s a rumor out there on the web tonight that T Boone Pickens’ much publicized wind farm initiative is really just a front for a potentially lucrative water deal. Here’s a clip from an article in the “DC Examiner”:

Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens is about to make a killing by selling water he doesn’t own. As he does it, it will be praised as a planet-friendly wind project. After he pulls it off, the media will deride it as craven capitalism. In truth, it is one the most audacious examples of politics for profit, showing how big government helps the biggest business steal from the rest of us. The plotline behind Pickens’ water-and-wind scheme is almost too rich to believe. If it were a movie script, reviewers would dismiss it as over-the-top.

The basic story amounts to this: Pickens, thanks to favors from state lawmakers whose campaigns he funded, has created a new government whose only voters are two of his employers; this has empowered Pickens to more cheaply pump water from an aquifer and, by use of eminent domain, seize land across 11 counties in order to pipe the water to Dallas. To win environmentalist approval of this hardly “sustainable” practice, he has piggybacked this water project onto a windmill project pitched as an alternative to oil.

Pickens’ scheme is a perfect demonstration of why it’s worth asking cui bono — who benefits — from regulatory and environmental initiatives. Last week, this column pointed out that Pickens, before his current lobbying blitz for increased federal support of wind power, built the largest wind farm in the world…

And here I thought that the billionaire asshole who funded the swift boating of John Kerry four years ago had turned over a new leaf….

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  1. Brackache
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I will never in a million years believe that ecological fears would be used by power hungry people to scare voters into creating bigger government, which would then be used by power hungry people in ways contrary to those originally stated, to enrich themselves through tyranny. Never. Big Government is our only protection against men like this. Now you can put head in sand AND fight global warming!

  2. Robert
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m deeply disappointed too, Mark. I take heart though in the fact that, whatever Pickens is up to, Jesus will fix it soon.

    “A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves” – Edward R. Murrow

  3. Brackache
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Damn straight on both counts, “soon” being relative.

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