Pickens is in Washington, DC along with a fleet of natural-gas powered cars, trucks and vans to send a message to Congress; Change the way Americans drive, make natural-gas powered vehicles a priority.
"It's abundant, it's clean, it's cheap and it will replace diesel," Pickens said. "It's the only resource we have in America that can replace foreign oil, and 5 million barrels a day that we import from OPEC is oil from the enemy. We're paying for both sides of the war, and we're stupid to do it, when we have a resource like natural gas," Pickens said.
Like any natural resource, natural gas has its good and bad points. It is good because it is a clean and efficient fuel, which many, like Pickens, say makes it a viable alternative and can cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The downside, when compared to gasoline-powered cars, they do not have the same driving range. Currently in the United States, there are not enough stations selling natural gas to make them practical for cross-country drives anyway.
Some might question the safety of natural-gas cars, Pickens says do not worry.
"Sure they're safe; 12 million of them in the world today, and 130,000 of them in the United States.
"We look stupid that we haven't done it, and they've got them all over the world, and we've got more natural gas than any other country in the world. I have one, I drive one," Pickens said.
Pickens knows this challenge is not easy, and he wants change from the top.
"It's going to take the President of the United States to stand up to the American people [and say] this is the direction we're going .'
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