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T. Boone Pickens saves the day

Last night on the PBS News Hour, Ray Suarez interviewed T. Boone Pickens. A Texan big oil billionaire, T. Boone Pickens (you just can't help but say his full name) is now one of the nation's leading investors in alternative energy. Namely, 10 billion dollars to a wind power start-up project. The transcript of the interview is found by clicking here. It's definitely worth your time to read the full interview. If you're of the visual persuasion, click here for the full video clip from last night's show.

I'll admit - after I got over the way-too-perfect, caricaturesquely-charming quality of a Texas oil man being named T. Boone Pickens - I watched the interview through a skeptic's lens. My first thought: "That's excellent, T. Boone Pickens, you'll simply move your production empire into alternative fuels and you continue to profit in the range of billions upon billions of dollars. Noble."

Then I watched the interview unfold. Then T. Boone Pickens slowly won me over. Then Ray Suarez, in a wise nod to me and millions of other liberal skeptics who tune only to PBS news for this very reason, asked him this question: "Well, as someone who's heavily invested in both wind and natural gas, don't you stand to also see a pretty good payday if this plan is accepted?" T. Boone Pickens replied: "Well, I've had enough paydays, and that's fine to say that. But the wind, I feel like I'm a pioneer by committing to $10 billion wind project. And so, you know, I've given in the last five years over $700 million, and my estate will go to charity. So don't worry about what I make out of the deal. When I'm -- you know, I'll create jobs. And if I make profits, I'll pay taxes. But that doesn't have anything to do with this. This is a security for America. And that's what this is all about."

I revisited my first thought and realized, "I actually do believe him, this T. Boone Pickens guy." I then thought... "even if he is motivated entirely by money...so what? At least this time around he's investing ethically in a common good for us and our planet."

I can't wait to watch this unfold. T. Boone Pickens may just save the day. I wager he'll at least be a significant piece of our collective solution.

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