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T. Boone Pickens
After a historic run as an oilman and as founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, T. Boone Pickens, in an unprecedented move, put it all on the line to create the most comprehensive solution to the energy crisis in America. In July 2008, Pickens launched an ambitious, self-funded grass-roots campaign, The Pickens Plan, which is a movement to finally end this country’s crippling dependence on imported oil.

For decades Pickens has been the go-to-person on the economy and energy issues -- an expert on oil, gas and other kinds of energy. He put his wealth and experience behind his ideas and created this plan, to help fix the economy, clean up the environment and strengthen national security. To sell the plan to America he took out print and television ads and crisscrossed the country speaking to energy and political leaders as well as just plain folks.

He has been a frequent media presence. In a ten-day span in October 2008, he was featured on 60 Minutes, Meet the Press and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. At the same time he was meeting with business and political leaders across the spectrum including President Obama who has repeatedly and publicly supported Pickens' ideas.

The list of government officials who have endorsed the Pickens Plan is impressive: 14 Governors, 7 US Senators, 52 US Representatives, 184 Mayors, 155 State House and 76 State Senators. His Pickens Plan website,, is ground zero for his efforts as almost 2 million Americans have signed up on the website to be members of his New Energy Army. His video blog, “BooneCam,” captures his meetings and town halls and chronicles his progress for the Pickens faithful.

Pickens latest campaign initiative is to highlight the amount of oil we are importing every month. These numbers show Americans how many dollars are leaving the country to buy foreign oil; money that could be put to use to build schools and roads and infrastructure. The dollars that could make America an energy independent nation!

For more information and to become a member of The Pickens Plan Army go to

Entries by T. Boone Pickens

Iraq ... Here We Go Again

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Here we go again. President Obama has just ordered thousands of more troops into Iraq to help fight ISIS. Our dependence on OPEC oil helps fuel terrorism. We've made significant strides in reducing our OPEC oil dependence, but we have a long way to go.

Why? Because we needlessly continue...

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The Bad News From Iraq Is Getting Worse

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Once again, there's bad news from Iraq. And it's getting worse.

A group of Sunni militants is taking control of cities across Iraq, Kurdish troops are taking control of Kirkuk, and Iran may be providing military assistance to the Shiites. This isn't a surprise -- the only thing...

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The Situation in Ukraine Shouldn't Be Our Fight

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:09 AM

You want to know how Russia and Ukraine fit into our energy picture? They don't.

Some people, particularly in Washington, say we should use natural gas exports to support U.S. foreign policy objectives. I disagree. That's not our fight. I believe we should use our natural gas to support Americans,...

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Let's Use Domestic Fuels to Our Benefit!

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:31 PM

What a difference a year makes!

AT&T, UPS, FedEx, Wal-Mart... all sorts of companies are moving towards natural gas to power their fleets, and getting off OPEC oil/diesel. So are several major railroad companies.

Are these steps forward occurring as fast as I would like them? No, but it's still...

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The Keystone Pipeline Will Deliver a Present to the United States

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:29 AM

Can you believe it's been almost six years since the Keystone XL pipeline extension was proposed? I can't. The application was filed in September 2008 -- just a few months after we launched the Pickens Plan -- and it still hasn't been approved.

This is a Christmas present, and it...

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Surrey Regional Economic Summit

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Canada and discuss our energy policy here in the U.S. The truth is I ended up talking about America's lack of an energy plan. That's been the story out of Washington since President Nixon first promised to get us off foreign...

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Energy Industry Moving Back to United States

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Congratulations! We live in the only country on Earth whose oil and gas production is increasing along with its reserves. America is enjoying an energy renaissance while the rest of world is suffering a decline in reserves and production and a corresponding increase in prices.

This is big news. Cheap,...

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Is It Time To Update Our Energy Policies?

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Forty years ago, the Arab Oil Embargo changed the way America thinks about energy. After finding ourselves at the mercy of a bunch of oil states, we panicked. The government put price controls in place, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was launched, and all oil exports were banned.

Thanks to recent...

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Open Up ANWR

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 12:54 PM

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built more than 30 years ago, and at one time we were getting more than 2 million barrels a day out of it. Now that number has fallen almost 75 percent to about half a million barrels a day.

I'm all for getting it back up...

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40 Years After the OPEC Oil Embargo, We're Still Dependent

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:09 PM

Normally, the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 would not be a favorite topic of mine. But last week it definitely was, thanks to SAFE's OPEC Oil Embargo + 40 Conference in Washington.

I spent a great day with an amazing group of real leaders discussing different ways to get...

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It's Time to Discuss the Future of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:19 PM

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was established 40 years ago to protect America from another OPEC oil embargo. With that in mind, the federal government pumped 750 million barrels of oil into salt caverns beneath Louisiana and Mississippi for safekeeping.

But the truth is we have rarely tapped the SPR...

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Redeem: Strengthening a Bridge to Our Renewable Energy Future

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 9:30 AM

The country's attention is again focused on a hot spot in the Middle East that could be the next powder keg ready to ignite. Of course I'm talking about Syria, a previously fairly obscure country that has been locked in a bitter civil war since 2011 that has resulted in...

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Saudi Oil Is Going to Run Out, and We Need a Plan Before It Does

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Every day, Saudi Arabia exports 9.3 million barrels of oil. That makes the Saudis the largest oil exporter on earth. And they need to be. Why?

Because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a welfare state, a very wealthy welfare state. Seventy percent of the country is under 30, and...

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The Cost of Our Involvement in the Middle East Is Just Too Much

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 4:08 PM

There's a legitimate debate right now about what America should do about things in Syria. Personally, I don't want to see American troops put in harm's way until we know how we're going to get them out -- not just out of Syria, but out of the Middle East entirely.

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Are Electric Vehicles the Answer?

(41) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:45 PM

People always ask me, "Are electric vehicles the answer?" The truth is as long as you don't want to haul anything or go too far, they sure are. Remember -- I'm for anything American, and that includes electric vehicles.

But an electric battery won't power an 18-wheeler....

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High Gasoline Prices and the Need for Natural Gas

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 1:57 PM

If you have a vehicle, you've seen what's happening to gasoline prices. They're going up, and in a hurry. As you may have seen on CNBC this morning, average national prices rose 12 cents in the past week alone.

Take a look at this video and you'll have a...

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The Natural Gas Highway Is Open

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Since the Pickens Plan launched in July 2008, we've made enormous progress in getting America the energy plan it deserves.

We've now got the cheapest fuel in the world, be it oil, natural gas, or gasoline. In addition, more and more of our heavy-duty trucks are running on domestic natural...

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5th Anniversary of the Pickens Plan

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 3:11 PM

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the announcement of the Pickens Plan. When we began, no one was talking about energy. Now, every Governor and Senator and nearly every Member of Congress is discussing energy.

I want to share with you a video celebrating all we have accomplished together...

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We're Paying to Protect Chinese Oil

(14) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 7:07 PM

The national press corps made a big deal about cybersecurity when President Barack Obama met for two days with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And climate change. And currency manipulation. And even Smithfield Ham.

What did not appear to have been on the agenda was energy and oil, and particularly oil...

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The Chinese Are Getting Iraqi Oil, and We're Paying for It

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I don't like saying, "I told you so."

But the United States spent $2.2 trillion and tragically lost more than 3,000 men and women fighting in Iraq, and now the Chinese are getting over half the Iraqi oil.

On numerous trips...

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