In July 2008, T. Boone Pickens launched a self-funded, $100 million, grassroots campaign aimed at reducing America’s crippling dependence on OPEC oil.

In television ads, on this website, through social media, and in personal appearances, he spelled out how our dependence on OPEC oil is an addiction that threatens the U.S. economy, environment, and national security. His 2008 New York Times Best Seller (the second of his career), The First Billion is the Hardest, also detailed what this country must do to win back its energy independence.

Criss-crossing the nation for town hall meetings and educational sessions with lawmakers, Boone explained how America’s dependence on OPEC oil forms the intersection of the three most critical issues America currently faces: the economy, the environment, and our national security.

The Pickens Plan was a collection of coordinated steps that together form a comprehensive approach to America’s energy needs. Following is an overview of the Pickens Plan as it was presented from 2008 through 2017.