T. Boone Pickens and the Pickens Plan.
Ring any bells?
The billionaire oilman who briefly dominated the media-scape more than a year ago with his TV commercials has been quietly working to get America off of foreign oil and hooked on natural gas. And now he's incorporating the Gulf oil spill into his rhetoric and rationale.
"In the wake of the tragic Gulf Coast oil spill," Pickens states on a news release, "we need to recognize that any U.S. reserves lost will invariably increase our foreign oil dependency, further jeopardizing our national and economic security."
Isn't it great when a disaster lines up perfectly with an agenda?
Pickens first unveiled his Pickens Plan in 2008 as a way to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil by using renewable energy such as wind, along with domestic natural gas to fuel autos. He argues that his is the best way to keep from handing billions of dollars over to our oil producing "enemies," and in turn, bolster U.S. energy security by relying on domestic fuel.
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In his latest monthly report, Pickens says that the United States imported 61 percent of its oil, about 374 million barrels, during the month of May. In doing so, he says, we doled out around $27.5 billion to other countries. So far this year, says Pickens, the United States has spent more than $50 billion more on foreign oil than it did during the same time stretch last year.
Pickens' dreams of wind energy have temporarily blown away, but the ol' wildcatter has been busy on Capitol Hill working to see his vision of natural gas as a fuel, primarily for trucks and fleet vehicles, come to be. There are several pieces of proposed legislation in Congress that would give natural gas a big boost, but they seem to be on hold as immigration reform and the oil spill itself have recently taken center stage.
Following his initial media blitz and coming out party two years ago, Pickens seemingly faded away from the spotlight. But now that the Gulf oil spill is raging on, Pickens seems to be back in the news more and more.
Pickens has done numerous interviews saying that now is not the time to point fingers at any of the companies responsible for operating and owning the Deepwater Horizon rig. And just yesterday, according to the Associated Press, Pickens said that investigators should leave BP alone until crews can stop the spewing oil.