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.