U.S. needs energy independence, says oil entrepreneur

Turning from petroleum to natural gas is one way to help solve America’s energy crisis, Texas oilman-turned environmentalist T. Boone Pickens told the audience gathered in the Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium on March 24.

Pickens decried the U.S. dependence on foreign oil and shared the details of his “Pickens Plan,” which calls for switching to domestically produced natural gas for our transportation needs and investing in renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar energy.

Founder and chair of Mesa Petroleum, Pickens came to campus as a guest of the Gordon Grand Fellowship. In addition to his public address in the Law School, he met with M.B.A. students at the School of Management, members of the Yale Energy Club and University administrators.

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