September 2008

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HPIn Europe: As tanks roll, would Europe's T. Boone step forward?

Last month, I wrote my column on the day of the launch of T. Boone Pickens' 10-year plan for a less energy-dependent America. This was followed a week or so later by Al Gore's challenge to the US to a..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month, I wrote my column on the day of the launch of T. Boone Pickens' 10-year plan for a less energy-dependent America. This was followed a week or so later by Al Gore's challenge to the US to abandon fossil fuels in power generation within 10 years. Europeans I meet are heartened that a debate they see as overdue is now taking place. It's perhaps too easy to view US energy consumption and dependence as both an archetype of excess and as a loose load that in strong winds could shift and capsize American—and with it international—prosperity and security. But if in the run-up to the presidential election the US is holding up a spotlight to its energy vulnerabilities, it is

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