Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’splan to lower the price of gas to $2.50 a gallon nationally by opening federal lands to drilling is “not realistic,” T. Boone Pickens told CNBC Tuesday.
“I don’t know any expert that thinks you can get $2.50 gasoline. I don’t know where that comes from,” said the Texas natural-gas mogul and CEO of BP Capital Management. Pickens said he hadn’t read the plan and was going on Gingrich’s recent appearance on CNBC.
The price of gas and oil in the U.S. is the “cheapest energy in the world,” he noted, adding that he doesn’t understand why politicians won’t make that clear.
“Our natural gas price is $2.35. Beijing’s is $16, Middle East $15, Europe $13,” Pickens said. Oil is also cheaper here, trading around $106 a barrel, compared with Brent North Sea of about $123, he said.
“I don’t know what we’re complaining about. What we don’t do is, we don’t explain it to the American people. I’m not sure whether the politicians don’t understand energy or they don’t want to talk about it,” Pickens said.
Pickens said he is “frustrated” that the legislation he backs, which would put more natural gas into commercial trucks, has gone nowhere in Congress.
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