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Personal wealth aside, it's not always easy to be T. Boone Pickens--especially when your push for compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel meets continual accusations of self-aggrandizement. It's no secret his hedge fund, BP Capital, is heavily invested in the sector, and he is the majority stockholder of Clean Energy, the largest supplier of natural gas for vehicles in the U.S.

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When ... threats exist because the United States is the protector of the world's global oil supply lines, it is a clear illustration of how our nation's over-reliance on a single, globally priced fuel impacts our national and economic security.

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This may sound surprising, but Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has gone on record saying he wants the price of oil to decrease. Why's that you ask? It's all about the long-term game, says the Saudi Royal Family's stock market and real estate magnate. In a recent interview with "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS," Al Waleed admits:

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This may sound surprising, but Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has gone on record saying he wants the price of oil to decrease. Why's that you ask? It's all about the long-term game, says the Saudi Royal Family's stock market and real estate magnate. In a recent interview with "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS," Al Waleed admits:

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Wednesday marked the end of an era in the U.S. – the demise of the Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming. Created under Nancy Pelosi in 2006, the global warming committee – devoted entirely to scientific discussions of climate change and energy-related issues – has been disbanded under Republican leadership.

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President-Elect Barack Obama thinks we have an oil addiction and he wants to do something about it. That something is developing a plan for energy independence. While that might have seemed easier to discuss when oil was at $147 a barrel, Obama thinks it's even more important to talk about now, with oil hovering around $60. "It may be a little harder politically, but it's more important," Obama told 60 Minutes in his first post-election interview. Obama explained that our addiction to oil causes

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A scientist in the U.S. Department of Energy's science and energy research unit has said "Energy independence is a realistic goal for the United State of America," by 2030. There are, of course, a few caveats to that. First is that by the word "independence," he doesn't mean not using any oil entirely -- he means getting oil consumption down to a point where our usage is "not subject to restraining or directly influenced by others as consequence of the need for oil."

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Food & Water Watch, the Network for Energy Choices and the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School are on the quest of creating a report called "The Rush to Ethanol: Not all BioFuels are created equal". They affirm that, "ethanol is no silver bullet solution for fossil fuel dependence, energy independence or curbing emissions".

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Using America's Fourth of July holiday as a political event is rarely lost on those in power. This year, the most obvious connection in the AutoblogGreen sphere of coverage is the recent FREEDOM Act, a proposal to add PHEV tax credits and other EV benefits to the energy bill that's moving through Congress. The specific proposal failed, but the idea of using July 4 to talk about things other than as a chance to eat hog dogs and watch fireworks is alive and well. The Big Three, for example think J

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To try and condense this lengthy article on energy independence and sustainability by the Engineer Poet would do it (and him) a disservice. The EP tackles issues of biofuels, PHEVs, hydrogen fuel cells, carbon sequestration, electricity from coal and lots more in a few thousand words, and deals with the political and scientific challenges needed for the U.S. to generate truly green energy for vehicles and home use. Instead of trying (and failing) to break the article down for you, I'll just offe

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Since it's Independence Day in America tomorrow, I thought it'd be fun to take a brief look at the meme of independence from oil. We certainly have heard the phrase from plenty different groups in the past few years. But is anyone really calling for "independence from oil"? What are some of the groups promoting this worldview? What about the completely different phrase "independence from foreign oil"?

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