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Video: T. Boone Pickens and His Push for the Future

Thomas Boone Pickens is a billionaire and former oil-man who is out to save the country. He’s now 80 years old, but is showing courage and leadership on energy innovation that belies his age. Pickens has put together a plan to ween America of foreign oil in 10 years—a plan toward which Senator Obama tipped his hat in his nomination speech. Pickens has a straightforward manner about him. He’s an old cowboy, after all. He’s also got a straightforward approach to solving our foreign oil problem: power our cars with American natural gas, and replace our natural gas electricity generation with wind power. True to form, he’s called this approach “The Pickens Plan.” Here’s T. Boone explaining his idea:
His plan sounds simple enough. But what’s involved logistically? All our vehicles run on gasoline or diesel fuel. Are we all supposed to invest the $8,000 to $20,000 to convert our vehicle to compressed natural gas? I’m, of course, willing to load up my credit cards again if it means helping the country ween itself off oil, but I don’t expect many other people to feel this way. Does this make it an impossibility without a government-sponsored conversion program? Or, better yet,  a T. Boone Pickens-sponsored conversion program? Do we use eminent domain to take over the fields required for turbine farms? I’m all for the wind development in America’s mid-west. But why not build wind at break-neck speed and roll out electric vehicles at the same time? Another nitpick: T. Boone’s American energy resource list does not include geothermal. If you’re interested, here’s another video of T. Boone Pickens making his case to Congress. For more information, visit

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More
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