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Teaching An Old Dog New Tweets

I pride myself that at my age I can understand the power of social media — the reach of LinkedIn columns, tweets, podcasts, my Pickens Plan website. I use each platform to share viewpoints, have public discussions with big thinkers and policy influencers, and learn new things in the process.


Everybody Wins With Competitive Philanthropy

Reflecting back on my life – all 89 years of it – I’m more convinced than ever that I was put on this Earth to make money and be generous with it. Not until my 70s did I achieve billionaire status. And that’s when I stepped up my already considerable charitable giving. For some, charitable giving is a key component of preserving their legacy. They seed a foundation and, by distributing the required 5 percent annually, ensure their legacy for decades.

That’s not the path I chose. I established the T. Boone Pickens Foundation more than a decade ago, seeding it with more than $100 million over two consecutive years. The directive I gave my team: find great projects and exhaust the funding within a year of it being given. Further, like March Madness, use the philanthropy to inject a competitive spirit among the recipients.


Three thoughts for Texas on spending emissions settlement

This article originally appeared on It’s time for Texas to score big on the economic and environmental fronts — and here’s my playbook to make it happen. Consider this an open letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The background: German automaker Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests and settled for $16 … Continue reading Three thoughts for Texas on spending emissions settlement