Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

FILE — In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, billionaire energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, participates in the opening plenary at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting New York. Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. He was 91.

The late T. Boone Pickens, who made his fortune in the oil industry, was the speaker at the Texas Rose Festival Men’s Luncheon in 2010.

During his appearance at the Rose Garden Center in Tyler, Pickens said he said he was fighting to free the United States from what he called its true “enemy” — Middle Eastern oil.

“This is my mission. I know it is,” Pickens said to thunderous applause as reported by the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

By eliminating dependence on Middle Eastern oil, Pickens said, “We can dry up the Taliban. We can get out of Afghanistan. We can come home and not get our people killed.”

Pickens spoke about his push toward an energy-independent America and eliminating foreign oil imports.

He said that wind and solar power should be developed as sources of energy.

“There’s no question wind will work. There’s no question solar will work,” he said. “We have to use resources we can generate in this country.”

While in Tyler, Pickens received the ceremonial key to the city from then-Mayor Barbara Bass, who praised him for his business success and patriotism.

Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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