It may have started with a commercial for the Pickens Plan. During the pre-bust days with gas prices over 4 dollars a gallon and pushing 5 in some locations. 700 billion dollars a year T. Boone said. 700 billion each and every year leaving our country and making us that much less wealthy.
CNG was his plan, Compressed Natural Gas to power our heavy truck fleet. Then, to offset the percentage of power on the grid that we created using Natural Gas, wind turbines as far as the eye could see.
Cynics said. "Of course he wants us to use Natural Gas. He has huge interests in the stuff." I however try to see the good in people first. When he said on a financial news network, and I'm paraphrasing here, "What do I need more money for, I'm already a billionaire" I believed him. Frankly, I liked his plan and still do.
Now I'm not sure if I saw the Volt first or Honda's Natural Gas vehicle. I'm fortunate enough to have Natural Gas piped right into my home, a rarity down here in Florida. The beauty of this is I have a potential gas station right in my own garage. But regardless of which car I heard about first, the concept of GM's Volt won out.
The Volt will be made right here in the country I love, and unlike using Natural Gas all of the time, the Volt and future cars like it are capable of being the near final solution we need for light cars and maybe even light trucks. Over 15,000 miles a year you could drive the Volt on direct energy from the sun, wind, or other renewable resources.
So I guess today's post is a thank you. A thank you to T. Boone Pickens for trying to do something big. A bigger thank you though to the men and women at GM, for achieving something big.
Photo borrowed from Mrshorrgakx at Flickr.