Anyone who wondered about the status of the Pickens Plan or claimed it had lost steam now knows the truth: The Pickens Plan is surging ahead at double-time speed.
Over the two days celebrating the first anniversary of the Pickens Plan, Boone was interviewed by two wire services, a major business magazine, more than a dozen TV stations and four national TV networks. He met with nearly 40 Members of the U.S. House and Senate and participated in the introduction of the NAT GAS Act in the U.S. Senate, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
You all know this: News media and politicians have very sensitive antennae. They gather around positive momentum and ignore inaction.
The amount of media and political attention Boone attracted in New York and Washington in the last 48 hours is a testament to your hard work.
As an example, Bloomberg reporter Margaret Carlson wrote the following:
Boone Pickens came to Ben's Chili Bowl, a landmark Washington dive not far from the White House. He brought with him the "Pickens Car" and more importantly the "Pickens Plan," a blueprint for weaning the U.S. off foreign oil, introduced a year ago.
Carlson also wrote in her Bloomberg piece:
In one year, Pickens got Congress to take notice. Yesterday, Senators Orrin Hatch and Robert Menendez introduced a bill (co-sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid) that mirrors legislation working its way through the House. It would extend for 18 years tax credits for natural gas fuel, vehicle and infrastructure (gas stations of the sort Barack Obama supported as a senator) to get more natural gas vehicles into production.
The Washington, DC affiliate of FOX did a great story on Boone's day in Washington, including his visit with Army members like you at Ben's Chili Bowl - click here to check it out.
In his article for the Salt Lake Tribune, reporter Robert Burr wrote about the introduction of the Senate NAT GAS Act:
Sen. Orrin Hatch teamed up with T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday to promote legislation that would boost natural-gas-fueled vehicles through tax incentives. The Utah Republican and the Texas oilman -- along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey -- say the measure could help curb pollution and create American energy independence at the same time.
"I've been very pleased with the growth and use of hybrid-electric vehicles in this country," Hatch said at a Capitol news conference. "But I've been less pleased with the growth of natural gas as a transportation fuel. I believe strongly that we need an extra push to spur on the greater use of natural gas, to get more natural gas vehicles on our roads."
These two articles and the TV clip are only a sampling of the great coverage Boone and the Pickens Plan have gotten recently - check out more at PickensPlan.com.
The Pickens Plan Army remains on the move! We're going to need to stay together and continue our momentum to get the NAT GAS Act passed in the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama. Click here to contact your Members of Congress today.