Texas is suffering severe power outages as the windmills are frozen and natural gas is having trouble with supply.
Pickens focused his advocacy on alternative energy such as solar and wind. The Washington Post says that “perhaps the strangest role” Pickens “has fashioned for himself is his current one: the billionaire speculator as energy-wise man, an oil-and-gas magnate as the champion of wind power, and a lifetime Republican who has become a fellow traveler among environmentally-minded Democrats – even though he helped finance the ‘Swift boat’ ads that savaged” Sen. John F. Kerry’s presidential campaign. In an editorial, The New York Times reported Pickens “has decided that drilling for more oil is not the whole answer to the nation’s energy problems.
Pickens’ “Wind Farms” resemble the Tax farmers of Louis XVI in 1789.
In the 17th and 18th centuries the fermiers généraux became immensely rich and figure prominently in the history of cultural patronage, as supporters of French music, major collectors of paintings and sculpture, patrons of the marchands-merciers and consumers of the luxury arts in the vanguard of Parisian fashions. In his 1833 novel Ferragus, writer Honoré de Balzac attributes the sad air that hangs about the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris to the many houses there owned by fermiers généraux.
They became rich and were hated by the general public.
Antoine de Lavoisier was probably the greatest chemist in history, but he was also a tax farmer.
It is generally accepted that Lavoisier’s great accomplishments in chemistry stem largely from his changing the science from a qualitative to a quantitative one. Lavoisier is most noted for his discovery of the role oxygen plays in combustion. He recognized and named oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783), and opposed the phlogiston theory. Lavoisier helped construct the metric system, wrote the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. He predicted the existence of silicon (1787) and discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same.
All the same, when arrested, his scientific accomplishments meant little.
According to a (probably apocryphal) story, the appeal to spare his life so that he could continue his experiments was cut short by the judge, Coffinhal: “La République n’a pas besoin de savants ni de chimistes; le cours de la justice ne peut être suspendu.” (“The Republic needs neither scholars nor chemists; the course of justice cannot be delayed.”
I wonder if the modern day tax farmers who build these uneconomic “Green Projects” for the subsidies offered, will ever face retribution? The entire Global Warming/Climate Change hoax is a giant financial scam perpetrated on stupid politicians by soulless corporate titans and greedy scientists who live for grants.
Pickens made millions from his wind farm subsidies and today Texans are paying the price, just as Australians paid the price during their last summer when rolling blackouts occurred as the politicians shipped coal to China.