It all comes down to energy from the sun, stored in a variety of ways.
I'm not necessarily talking to you here Steven, but these are my thoughts...
Reality is that oil will not last forever. Reality is that the price of oil that we pay for today is pegged to the effort to dig it up and the demand for it outstrips our ability to produce and process it. Reality is that coal is cheaper than oil because it is not used to power as many different types of technology AND it can be dug up out of our own backyard, but it still costs money to mine. Even if the price of all these fuels drops today... they will go back up tomorrow. Nuclear energy is much more efficient than coal or oil but it still has to be mined, refined, etc. etc.
Supply and demand dictates the price of all these commodities. Demand is not going away for these forms of energy until an alternative is produced.
Wind takes no human toil to produce. Wind is in everyone's backyard to some degree. As I said, wind power does have the drawback of not being available on demand and requiring large amounts of real-estate to produce the same amounts of power when compared to oil, coal, etc. However, a 500 watt wind mill can go in everyone's backyard. Complaints about associated noise will disappear as noise suppressing designs become more common.
The point that critic raised about Pickens being in it to make a buck ? Yes he is, but Pickens makes a good point about giving our wealth away. The amount of money that the US is sending overseas is frightening... and crippling. For those fans of trickle down economics, I would ask where is the "trickle down" when our dollars will remain in the UAE or Saudi Arabia ? If Pickens becomes as wealthy as an Arab sheik, at least the bulk of his money will stay here in the US.
Like I said before... wind is not a new idea... but moving to actually take advantage of it is a new synergy.