Electric Cars: Conversations with T. Boone Pickens

Electric Cars: Conversations with T. Boone Pickens


Boone: � � � � � �I really feel
like I am helping do something for this country. � � � � � � � � � � � � When
you get down to it, it�s very, very simple.� This is all about us.
Brian: � � � � � � �Hi, I�m Brian Bradshaw [ph].� I�m here with Boone
Pickens.� This is part of an ongoing series of educational energy videos. �
� � � � � � � � � � � � Boone, today, I thought we would talk a little bit
about this mass hysteria over electric vehicles.� They have been everywhere in the news, Tesla
specifically.� It�s been everywhere in the news.� It got a, uh, a very high rating
from Consumer Reports.� Um, can you just kind of speak to � is � is the age of
the electric vehicle upon us?� Is it here now?
Boone: � � � � � �Yes, it�s here, but it�s here at what price, and you�re
looking at a vehicle now that�s about $80,000 and you get about two or three hundred miles
range out of it.� Uh, I sound like I�m against electric vehicles.� I�m not.�
I�m for anything American.� That�s fine.� But know this, where I � my focus has been
is on heavy-duty trucks, um, on heavy-duty trucks, locomotives and ships, big users of
fuel.� And, the battery will not move an 18-wheeler, so that�s out and I � my fuel
stands alone with diesel.� Natural gas and diesel are the two fuels to use for heavy
duty.� They�re � and the natural gas is 30% cleaner than diesel and half the price
of diesel.� So, the natural gas will be used, is what�s going to happen. �
� � � � � � � � � � � � But the electric car, it does have a place, no
question, and it�s � people are going to pay a big price, so, uh, not everybody
is in range of the electric car.� Now, I know in three or four years, they tell you
it�s going to be down to $40,000.� And that�s good.� All of that�s fine.�
I � I don�t want anybody to have the idea I�m opposed to electric vehicles or anything
else, but you have to know the electricity has to come from somewhere to power the car.�
So, where does it come from? [00:02:00]
� � � � � � � � � � � � I remember years ago, in California, I would
� they would talk about electric cars, and I said, �Well, but the electricity comes
from somewhere.� Where does it come from.�� And, most people would look at the wall socket
� is � and that�s where it comes from.� Where does the water come from?� It comes
from the faucet.� You turn it on, you get water.� Plug in, you get electricity.�
Well, electricity comes from somewhere and� � and power generation comes over 50% � well,
it�s down under � a little under 50% now, uh, is coal, uh, is where your power comes
from.� Natural gas is 20 � now above 25%, 20% is nuclear and the rest of it is wind,
solar and hydro.� So, it�s, right now, a great amount of your power comes from fossil
fuels, coal and natural gas. � � � � � � � � � � � � So,
those are there and they will be there for years and years to come.� We need to understand
the resources in America, understand the resources, and then properly deploy those resources,
is what we have to do.� And so, the electric car, yes, natural gas, heavy duty is the way
to go. Brian: � � � � � � �Boone, thank
you very much for your time. �� � � � � � � � � � � � � As
always, feel free to post questions or comments underneath the video.� Thank you.
� Resources:
Alternative Fueling Station Locator Advantages and Disadvantages of Natural Gas
PickensPlan.com �