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Three thoughts for Texas on spending emissions settlement

  • February 22, 2018

This article originally appeared on It’s time for Texas to score big on the economic and environmental fronts — and here’s my playbook to make it happen. Consider this an open letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The background: German automaker Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests and settled for $16 Continue Reading

Inside the Pickens Plan with Peter McCollum and Jason Huntsberry

  • July 8, 2017

For the final podcast on the history of the Pickens Plan, I talk with Peter McCollum and Jason Huntsberry. Although they referred to themselves as "little cogs in a big machine," they were a major part of the tight-knit team that makes the Pickens Plan tick. Continue Reading

Inside the Pickens Plan with Amy Weiss and Rich Galen

  • June 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. is as divided as it has ever been, and it has become difficult to set politics aside and get things done. But fortunately the Pickens Plan benefited from a bipartisan team that came together to promote a plan that has our nation’s best interests in mind. For the latest episode of the Pickens Podcast, I sat down with Rich Galen, a columnist and former press secretary for U.S. Senators Dan Quayle (R-IN) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), and Amy Weiss, former White House Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton and press secretary and campaign manager for U.S.... Continue Reading

Inside the Pickens Plan Campaign with Tammy Haddad and Heather Lauer

  • May 11, 2017

Tammy Haddad and Heather Lauer have helped get out the word about the Pickens Plan since I was drawing it up on whiteboards and restaurant napkins. Now, they’ve moved out from behind the scenes to tell stories from nine years of the plan. Continue Reading

Inside the Pickens Plan Campaign with Tom Synhorst and Jay Rosser

  • April 27, 2017

T. Boone Pickens is joined by Jay Rosser, his right hand man for 15 years who serves as his VP of Public Affairs, and seasoned political expert Tom Synhorst, who served as the Campaign Manager of the Pickens Plan. Continue Reading

It’s okay to be wrong. But learn from it.

  • April 14, 2017

I learned early on in my career to analyze well, assess risks and prospective rewards, and keep things simple. I’ve also learned you can be smart and make the wrong analysis based on the facts you have on hand at any one time. Continue Reading

How Volkswagen Is Shaping America's Energy Future

  • March 10, 2017

Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felony counts as part of a $4.3 billion settlement reached with the Justice Department in January over the automaker's massive diesel emissions scandal. There’s a great deal of irony in this, and a great opportunity for America’s energy security. Here’s why. Continue Reading

Climb Out Of The "We've Always Done It That Way"​ Rut

  • March 2, 2017

Listening to President Trump last night deliver his first joint address to Congress – and his commitment to expanding America’s energy renaissance – reminded me of a story. I’ve been a member at Augusta National Golf Club since August 1982. At Augusta, the club assigns you a caddy, and that guy will be your caddy Continue Reading

Transport Topics: Natural Gas Advancements

  • January 31, 2017

Listen to this conversation between Fred Smith of FedEx, Chris Spear of American Trucking Associations, and me as we move into a new era of the way our Federal government looks at energy and environment. Continue Reading

Special Inauguration Edition of the Pickens Podcast

  • January 19, 2017

We went back to several of the most interesting conversations we had for the Pickens Podcast series in 2016 and distilled those visits to our discussions of PEOTUS Donald J. Trump. During this Inauguration Season, I think you’ll find these conversations fascinating: Talk show host Laura Ingraham discussed the rise of Donald Trump and how Continue Reading