At the same time all that was going on new techniques were being developed to release the enormous amount of natural gas which is contained in the massive shale deposits under the continental United States - well over a 100 year supply of the stuff.
Oil is on its way back up to $100 per barrel. Three dollar gasoline has become the norm in most places, and we are still importing something on the order of 60 percent of the oil we need - the overwhelming majority of which is used to power our cars, SUVs, and heavy trucks.
The Pickens Plan didn't quite get over the goal line in the 111th Congress, but knowing Boone he will keep pushing the ball forward.
He sees this has his greatest legacy. I really like the guy and I hope gets to see it succeed for him and for the rest of us.