Argument: Better ways to cut oil consumption than Pickens Plan
- Debate: Pickens US energy plan - con argument.
Vaclav Smil, a professor of environment at the University of Manitoba in Canada. - "What's the point of making natural gas cars?...Why not simply drive highly efficient, old-fashioned internal combustion engines? If everybody drove a Honda Civic, we wouldn't need oil from the Middle East...If everyone used a 97 percent efficient natural gas furnace, we'd be giving natural gas away...That could save much more than Pickens. Within ten years you could use massive natural gas savings to produce clean electricity and then use that to drive all-electric vehicles."