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Inside the Pickens Plan Campaign with Tom Synhorst and Jay Rosser

I have preached my whole life about the importance of building a great team. So here is the first in a series of podcasts with the people who actually make the Pickens Plan run.

Joining me for this episode are Jay Rosser, who has been my right hand man for 15 years and serves as my VP, Public Affairs, and seasoned political expert Tom Synhorst, who served as the Campaign Manager. When I decided to launch the Pickens Plan, Tom was my first call and first hire. He’s the hidden hand in American politics -- a man who works tirelessly behind the scenes. This is likely his video debut.

We reminisce about the beginnings of the Plan in the summer of 2008, how we were importing $1 billion of foreign oil (it’s about half that today), how we had no energy plan and no prospects for one from either candidate, Barack Obama or John McCain, and how we focused on converting heavy-duty trucks from diesel to natural gas right from the get-go.

I think you’ll appreciate this insiders’ look at how it all got started.

Subscribe to the Pickens Podcast on AudioBoom or iTunes, and let me know what you think via Twitter @BoonePickens.

-- Boone

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Oct 24 2017

Congratulations to Mesa Natural Gas Solutions on its 2017 Freedom Award

Oct 24, 2017

A handful of companies from across the country recently flew out to Washington, D.C. for an award ceremony at the Pentagon. They were recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which honors companies that exceed federal requirements for their military and veteran employees by offering generous policies and continuous benefits. I’m proud to be involved with one of the honored companies, Mesa Natural Gas Solutions.

When it comes to veterans, Mesa walks the talk. Don’t just take my word for it. They were one of just 15 recipients of the Freedom Award out of 3,000 nominations from across the country.

Mesa offers active members full pay and benefits for the duration of their deployment. Service members are then guaranteed their exact job as well as accrued vacation and sick leave when they return. Last December, Mesa sent holiday packages to more than 100 deployed Wyoming service members. And Mesa attends award and honor ceremonies for military members in full force. Talk about going above and beyond.

President & CEO Scott Gromer, who himself served for 23-plus years, said “we couldn’t be prouder of the people who work for us, and the company as a whole for the work that we do for our veterans.”

I couldn’t be prouder of Mesa, and I salute them.

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Sep 13 2017

An Open Letter To America’s Governors

Sep 13, 2017

I have always been for an all-the-above approach to this nation’s energy policy, but that doesn’t mean we need to jam a square peg in a round hole. Solar, wind, electric and natural gas all have their place, but it must be in accordance with an appropriate application. President Obama tried to grease that square peg into a round hole, choosing energy favorites with a hefty $2.7 billion, supplied by Volkswagen. Now, there is an opportunity for the states to correct that mistake and implement a more effective energy plan.

As you likely know, Volkswagen was caught cheating on its emissions tests, resulting in vehicles on the road that far exceed federal NOx emissions standards. The German car manufacturer was sued by the Obama EPA and settled for $16 billion with $2.7 billion going to the states, primarily for the creation of medium and heavy-duty vehicle grants to mitigate the NOx.

Each state will receive an allotment of the $2.7 billion, and the Governor of each state must appoint a department to create a plan for spending the funds that follows the terms of the settlement. However, favoritism is standing in the way of a cost-effective, energy-efficient, market-driven plan.

While all alternative fuel types are eligible for grants of 25 percent of the vehicle cost, guess which technology was granted special treatment to receive 75 percent of the vehicle cost? You guessed it: electric vehicles (EVs). Some argue that they are cleaner because they have zero emissions. Well, they have zero tailpipe emissions, but plenty emissions are produced at the generation facility that creates the electricity. Keep in mind that many are still fired by coal and very few are utilizing even a small amount of solar or wind. In fact, when you look at the NOx emissions produced to create the electricity to power an EV compared to the tailpipe emissions of a near-zero natural gas vehicle (NGV), the NGV is at least equal and likely cleaner. For example, the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California views the new near-zero natural gas engines to be zero-emission equivalent based on the district’s mix of electric generation supplying their grid – and they have one of the cleanest grids in the country. So, natural gas engines for heavy-duty trucks are far cleaner than diesel engines and as clean as electric vehicles.

While comparable in regard to NOx emissions, NGVs and EVs are miles apart on cost. An all-electric medium or heavy-duty vehicle can cost twice the amount or more of a similar vehicle powered by a near-zero natural gas engine. As for buses, an EV bus can cost you north of a million dollars.

So you can see, there is no environmental or economic case for favoritism of EVs over other alternative fuel vehicles. In fact, there should be no favoritism at all. I have always been for fair and equitable market competition – government should not reach in and pick the winners and losers. If the idea is to mitigate the most NOx emissions with a set amount of funds, states should be free to accomplish that goal in the most effective way. Now, it’s becoming clearer that the focus should be on getting medium and heavy-duty trucks running on natural gas.

That’s where America’s Governors come in. The 75 percent funding level for EVs is a ceiling. Governors can correct Obama’s multi-billion dollar give-away to the EV lobbyists by creating an even playing field for all alternative fuels, by providing grants in the amount of 25 percent of the vehicle cost regardless of whether it runs on propane, natural gas or electricity. Furthermore, providing the lower 25 percent will mean more vehicles get funded and thus more emissions reduced.

So the question presents itself: Will you, Governors, continue the Obama give-away or will you put in place a market-driven plan to deploy cleaner and cheaper vehicles on the road?

The choice is easy – it’s up to each of you to do what’s right for our nation.

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Aug 24 2017

Webcast: The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Aug 24, 2017

The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

Mesa Natural Gas Solutions of Casper, Wyoming is one of the companies that will be recognized during this year’s award ceremony at the Pentagon. Tune in Friday, August 25 at 10 am ET to watch a webcast of the event.

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