If the V-P candidates’ lukewarm responses on climate change last week failed to satisfy your hunger for a serious energy debate, perhaps an opportunity to join T. Boone Pickens in an online forum about energy issues during Tuesday’s face-off will. Pickens and Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, will co-host a live “e-rally” at the end of the debate where they will discuss the candidates’ responses on energy issues, answer live questions and allow viewers to sound off on energy and the election. Tune into PickensPlan.com at 10:00 pm EDT on Tuesday to see Pickens and Pope live from the Pickens Plan HQ in Dallas.
Reps of the Pickens Plan say they’ve already received 40,000 RSVPs for the so-called e-rally, and have racked up more than 1,000 questions. Following the discussion, all of the questions and comments will be presented to both campaigns on behalf of the Pickens Plan. The former oilman’s plan is aimed at fighting U.S. dependence on foreign oil by using domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel and increasing wind energy on the national grid.
Pickens, historically a stalwart Republican booster and financier, has worked hard to keep partisanship out of his proposed energy plan. The oil tycoon has met with both presidential candidates to pitch his plan and has adroitly dodged many questions about his political leaning during this election. Just last week he sat down with Sarah Palin, a self-proclaimed expert on energy, to discuss his plan.