This edition: Energy Independence
T. Boone Pickens is an oil and gas entrepreneur and the founder and chairman of the hedge fund BP Capital Management. In 2009, Pickens featured amongst Time magazine's "Time 100, the World's Most Influential People." Pickens' autobiography, The First Billion Is the Hardest (2008), culminates in an outline of the "Pickens Plan" heralded by the billionaire to put the United States on the road to energy independence. Pickens' self-funded $82 million grass-roots campaign aims to free America from its dependence on OPEC energy sources through replacing oil with natural gas as a transportation fuel, developing renewable energy sources and promoting energy efficiency.