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Pickens goes to war for energy

April 05, 2010
TOPICS: Natural gas
Noted oilman and natural gas proponent T. Boone Pickens was too young for World War II and too old for Vietnam. But in his role as an energy evangelist, he's finally found a way to serve his country.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

His office is decorated with mementos: framed magazine covers on which he appeared during his heyday as a corporate raider; a 10-foot satellite image of his vast West Texas ranch; formal photos with former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush; photos representing many causes to which he has donated a total of more than $750 million; the framed scorecard from when he shot an eagle on the 11th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club, where he is a member; a trophy from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth expressing gratitude for supporting its 2004 campaign against John Kerry.

But he hungers for something more out of life.

"I never was in the service," he said. "I was too young for World War II. The Korean War was my war, and I was married and had a child and I was deferred. And I never have felt real good about that. And then Vietnam, I was too old for Vietnam.

"Well, maybe this is my mission - to fix energy for America. I may get lucky and do it. You're bucking a lot of egos in Washington."
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