T. Boone Pickens: please go away

I want to officially complain about T. Boone Pickens. What an offensive dit. I am tired of his commercials (the most recent having just been aired … the post debate commercial) telling us that we need to become energy independent, and blaming the very same politicians that he has been buying off and paying off for decades as the cause of our oil dependence.

If Pickens really wanted energy independence, why did he spend so much money to ensure that George Dub Bush got elected two times in a row? Is this thing he is doing now penance?

Since 1980, Pickens has made over $5 million in political donations.[13] He was a financial supporter of President George W. Bush and contributed heavily to both his Texas and national political campaigns. In 2004, Pickens contributed to 527 Republican groups, including a $3 million contribution to the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth attacking Bush’s rival, John Kerry, and $2.5 million to the Progress for America advocacy group. In 2005, Pickens was among 53 entities that contributed the maximum of $250,000 to the second inauguration of George W. Bush.

(from wikipedia)

T Boone Pickens: Please crawl back under the rock you were spawned under.

Comments

  1. #1 Travis McDermott
    September 26, 2008

    Pickens doesn’t give a frak about energy independence. But he does have a lot of money in wind and NG.

  2. #2 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    September 27, 2008

    I really hate the commercials where he takes up the “Drill, Drill, Drill” theme before talking about alternative energy. Several weeks ago he was making the rounds of Congress testifying that he was only a patriotic amerkin trying to get his country to develop alternatives for the future. But a leopard can’t change its spots, and Pickens can’t hide the fact that he is all about sucking up as much money as possible.

    Doesn’t it kill you that so many companies are now advertising “green, green, green” because it is the “right thing to do?” Aren’t these the same people who have been fighting against environmental regulations because it would be too costly to American Enterprise? Even Wal-fucking-Mart is claiming to be all for “green.”

    When it comes to advertising, “Green” is the new “Sex.”

  3. #3 eddie
    September 27, 2008

    The ‘bailout’ debate shows that the gop has abandoned their 2008 candidate. Their 2012 campaign just started.

  4. #4 Mark
    September 27, 2008

    Ok you blogs. Cough up $700 Mil of your own cash for charities like T Boone has. Check out the campus of OU in Sitllwater, Oklahoma and notice the Boone influence.

    So he makes a ton of money; so what. It takes money to make money (usually). Check out the corporate CEO’s. They are now paid primarily in stock [thanks to the US Congress limiting their pay (cash)to $1M per year]. Neat thing about that is that if they make their company successful, the companies stock skyrockets and they make a ton of money. Geez isn’t that awful…..you sucking pukes. Wake up you whining cry babies.

    Mark

  5. #5 JJB
    September 27, 2008

    Mark,

    Glad to meet you, buddy.

    Are you saying that T.Boone Pickens can do whatever he wants because he is rich? OK if he fucks your wife? I presume so.

    Have a nice day.

  6. #6 Stephanie Z
    September 27, 2008

    Mark, please try to get your facts straight. CEO pay isn’t limited to $1M annually. CEO pay that is tax-deductible to the company is limited.

    And they don’t have to make the company successful. Largely, they just have to make the company’s short-term performance exceed analysts’ expectations. After that, the company can go to hell and all the employees can be out of jobs. The CEO will still have his/her money. What’s not to puke about?

  7. #7 themadlolscientist, FCD
    September 27, 2008

    When it comes to advertising, “Green” is the new “Sex.”

    Excellent! Can I quote you on that, Mike? :-)

  8. #8 ...tom...
    September 28, 2008


    It would be interesting to know how much Pickens political grease has went out to the Democratic side of the political scene over the last decade or so.

    Many (most..?) groups tend to pimp themselves out to both sides so they back the winner no matter how it turns out.

    …tom…
    .

  9. #9 Jonsi
    September 28, 2008

    T Boone may be annoying but he is spot on: oil is peaking, and it is a matter of national and economic security to aggressively implement solutions. After all, in 20 years Saudi production will yield no exports, being required for their own increased in demand. This is a huge issue.

    He is committed to it for the benefit of the country even if he is vested in making money off of it. Supporting Bush is not necessarily hypocrisy. You can argue for Iraq (I don’t know how, but you can), and also for aggressive alternative energies. Case in point: Thomas Friedman and his new book.

    And to Mike Haubrich, the innovations that WalMart has made in energy efficiency, white roofs, and greening their supply chains are real and they demonstrate the competitive advantage in implementing those strategies. Move away from being green because green is good. Green is good because you can save lots of money that can go straight to the bottom line. WalMart is a true success story for their green measures and what they’ve done must be copied in order to ensure a sustainable future. They are an incredible example of how the “it costs too much to do these things, it will weaken us” is completely WRONG. Green measures are cost competitive NOW. Walmart has smart enough to recognize it and implement it.

  10. #10 Bill
    September 29, 2008

    Go f yourself you liberal communist! Piece of shit!

  11. #11 JJB
    September 29, 2008

    We don’t need T-Bone Picknose’s philosophy no more than a temple needs the philosophy of a reformed Nazi. Both may be technically right now but both need to hang for their sins.

  12. #12 Andrew Lewis
    September 30, 2008

    This attack is completely baseless and unwarranted. How often do oil tycoons defect from the wrong side and get on board with the pro-environment team? Solving our energy independence is going to require building a strong coalition of business leaders, environmentalists, and people who understand the energy industry. People like Al Gore AND people like T. Boone Pickens will be needed to solve our energy crisis. We cannot limit it to one party, one voice, or one side.

  13. #13 Jack H.
    September 30, 2008

    I don’t understand your critique? Do you want T. Boone to continue to invest in oil? Do you want him to continue to work to elect Republicans? Do you want him to swift boat Obama and undermine Al Gore? T. Boone is spending millions to raise awareness about the negative impact that big oil is having on our economy, environment, and foreign policy. Why should he stop? I for one am glad T. Boone is helping to lead the charge to fix our energy crisis and solve our economic mess! Go Pickens Plan!

  14. #14 Stephanie Z
    September 30, 2008

    Interesting. Do you think Pickens stole the talking-points troll idea from McCain or suggested it to him?

  15. #15 Greg Laden
    September 30, 2008

    I want this Pickens bastard top serve time. Oh, and yes, we’ll take his money. But he should serve some hard time.

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