Q: Well, funny you should say 10 years, because another prominent citizen, former Vice President Al Gore, yesterday made a speech talking about climate change and energy — some of these issues. And he said the same thing — we’ve got to deal with this now — although he has a different plan. Do you want to give us a critique of his plan? Do you think he’s talking about the right direction?
Pickens: I know it. I know Al’s plan. I talked to him last week, and we talked for over an hour about energy, and I think both of us have the same concerns about the country.
Q: What did he say about your plan, by the way?
Pickens: Al is not big on natural gas. He wants to go to the electric car, and I think you have to bridge to the electric car, and natural gas is ready to go now. We have an abundance of natural gas — it’s cheap, it’s clean — so you could put it into the transportation fuel very fast.
Q: Then why is he against it?
Pickens: Well he doesn’t like hydrocarbons, and I know where he comes from; it’s global warming that he’s focused on, and I’m more focused on the $700 billion figure. So he thinks that, you know, our problem is that global warming is going to get us before anything else, and I think the $700 billion’s going to — you know what I mean. But we’re in agreement on renewables and everything else; I just don’t think he’s quite there on the natural gas.
Q: So, how about, though, Mr. Pickens, if you and Vice President Gore go on the road, even though you have different paths. If you go on the road together — by the way, the road could be ABC, NBC, CBS; I’m not saying, you know, to go through Oklahoma, California and all the cities — but if you combined for this message, do you think that you could have an even greater impact? Why not go on the road together?
Pickens: I think it’d be confusing, because what will happen is Al and I would be on the first question and they would say, “What do you think the transportation fuel should be?” And Al would say, “I think it’d be electricity.” And I would say, “I think we’re ten years away from that,” and I would say, “natural gas” and then we would talk. I think if we’re separate and saying 90 percent the same thing, I think it’s two campaigns instead of one combined.
Q: Well, do you think that there should be an energy czar? I mean a true energy czar; I don’t mean something within the government, a commission.
Pickens: Well you know, I think I was the one that came up with that idea — that you should have a czar — and I told President Bush two months ago. I said there should be an energy czar, and I said the czar should report to the president one time a year. I said the rest of the time they give him the tools to get the job done and tell him to go do it.
Q: And what did he say?
Pickens: He listened, he asked some questions, and he said, who do you think would be a person for that? And I said that I think George Patton would be good. Of course George Patton’s been dead years.
Q: I was going to say, General Patton?
Pickens: Yeah, but you need somebody like General Patton; you give him the tools and you say, there’s the hill, General, take it — take the hill.
Q: Well, if Senator Obama wins, should it be Al Gore?
Pickens: He should what?
Q: If Obama wins the election, should Al Gore go in and be the energy czar?
Pickens: Well, you know, you asked me a question, I don’t know. I would certainly not… In that case, I think I would be for Al Gore for energy czar.
Credibility factor is at at minus 1.
T. Boone, really, Algore for Energy Czar? And Michael Moore for Secretary of State? Maybe Kos as Secretary of Defense? Give me a fucking break. Forgive me if I just laugh at your commercials from now on.