In one of the most cynical and politically manipulative moves, it seems that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that are in political trouble to "show their independence" by supporting domestic drilling. She is counting on a Democrat majority in Congress that will prevent any meaningful energy legislation beyond the pie in the sky notions of alternatives. And with Pickens, already a billionaire, in line to create his bogus wind farm alternative in the panhandle of Texas, I am sure additional billions will fall into his bank account in the form of development grants.
(Pickens plan is right in a migratory flyway. So how do you reconcile putting windmill generators there? Especially when the Kennedys managed to get just such a program scrapped near their own family home? I guess Texans and the welfare of their wildlife just isn't as important as a view of the ocean.....)