Posted in Alternative Energy | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Leadership | Marcellus Shale | Natural Gas | Politics | Transportation by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on October 17, 2011
T. Boone Pickens during a roundtable discussion at Williamsport, PA’s Community Arts Center
I’ve met some notable folks. Former Presidents, pro ball players, cultural icons, radicals, and rich people to name a few categories. I found them to be similar to most of the successful folks I know well. Each of these folks admitted to a bit of extra luck in their life. They each could tell a version of “in the right spot at the right time” story.
There was a consistency to these people that I find interesting and admirable. In some form, each was a leader with a relentless commitment to a vision. The vision was built on a series of objectives and that is where most of the luck occurred. But none the less they agreed to take risk, not get scared, and not give up. That is what I admire.
I and about a thousand other people got a dose of leadership at the Community Arts Center on September 30th. Boone Pickens has his “plan”. But that night he spoke of his vision to make our country better, told us the objectives needed to make this change, and what role citizens play in this.
Citizens have to start thinking about energy. Get your family, friends, business, and vendors thinking about energy. How do you use it? Where does it come from? Who do you give your energy money to? How can you use less energy? If you don’t want to use less energy, what sources of energy will you embrace? Wind, solar, natural gas, coal, nuclear sources are the portfolio. What is your choice? Hard to choose if you don’t give it some thought.
If you’re willing to give it some thought, how do we get our elected and appointed leaders to think about it? They may talk about it, but what is the plan? You can’t reach any objective without a plan. Mr. Pickens said; “A fool with a plan will beat a genius without one every time.” As I look at our nation’s political landscape that sounds like a fair assessment and worthy objective.
Mr. Pickens claimed to have spent $82 million getting this information out to people in our country. He did that to get citizens thinking about energy. Sounds like a lot of money until you consider that our nation will send $2.2 trillion to OPEC for oil over the next ten years if things don’t change. With $82 million we could fix a lot of problems, but if we stay on this crazy course and send $2.2 trillion over seas we’ll have even bigger problems with our economy and in our country to worry about.
Mr. Pickens is a man with a plan. Good start. You start thinking about energy. Good step. You and I asking our elected and appointed officials in Harrisburg, Albany, Charleston, and Washington D.C. every time we meet them about energy independence. That is leadership and relentless commitment to a vision. Do that and you’ll be as big a help as Mr. Pickens.Comments (3) | Permalink | Tags: CNG, Energy, Lycoming County, Marcellus, OPEC, PA, Pennsylvania, Pickens Plan, T. Boone Pickens, Williamsport
Good reminder that energy issues must be addressed by every level of government.
What inspired you to write about this, now Larson Design Group?
@Connections – LDG helped sponsor the event and has been heavily involved in educating people about the benefits of utilizing compressed natural gas for transportation. You can learn more about these efforts at http://www.cngfocusgroup.com