Texas energy investor T. Boone Pickens was among those working Capitol Hill to try to keep energy reform legislation on track. “I have got to believe I’m going to get this done,” said Pickens, 82, who has invested $62 million of his own money to run television ads promoting energy reform as a national security issue that would end U.S. dependence on OPEC oil.
But Pickens did not appear to come away reassured. In fact, in a conversation with senior aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Pickens inquired about carving out a section of the reform package that would create incentives to boost the natural gas sector — in which he’s heavily invested — and moving it separately.
That answer, too, was a disappointment. There is still only “one train,” the aides told him.
Frank O’Donnell, head of the environmental group Clean Air Watch, said some green groups feel “sick to their stomachs” that Congress probably won’t be able to pass a climate change bill this session — given that Democrats are almost certainly set to hold a smaller majority after the November elections.
“I think the bill was dead before; I just think this adds a lot of oily dust on top of the corpse,” O’Donnell said.