Tribpedia: T Boone Pickens

Thomas "T." Boone Pickens, Jr., (1928- ) is the chair of hedge fund BP Capital Management and is a vocal advocate for alternative energy. 

In 1956 Pickens founded Mesa Petroleum, which grew into one of the largest independent oil companies in the world. He made his name through major takeovers of companies like Gulf Oil, Phillips Petroleum, and Unocal. He ...

House Appropriations Committee chairman State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie (r), ponders HB1 the state budget as State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (l) listens on April 1, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee chairman State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie (r), ponders HB1 the state budget as State Rep. Dwayne Bohac (l) listens on April 1, 2011.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for April 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Budget cut-induced furor; an ongoing controversy at UT; House approval for school board disclosures.

A TribLive Thanksgiving

From day one, the Tribune has put a premium on events as a very vibrant, dynamically interactive form of journalism: always before an audience, always open to the public, always on the record, usually free and whenever possible resulting in recorded content that could be posted on our web site for everyone to see, not just those lucky ducks who happened to be in the room. Usually these so-called TribLive events have been conversations with high elected officials or other newsmakers, and, indeed, they've occasionally made news. But more often than not they've simply been a way to engage with people in power, to hold them accountable, to ask them questions, to get to know them better. Today we present videos of 21 of those conversations — our way of saying thanks to the men and women who've done their time in the hot seat.

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Galbraith's three-parter on the battle over wind power transmission lines, Grissom on a convicted killer who got probation, Aguilar on how the U.S. census counts inmates in the Texas prison system, Stiles launches a new interactive tool tracking the candidates for governor, Hamilton on the Texas A&M University System's latest accountability measure for faculty, Hu's interview with Democratic megadonor Steve "Back to Basics" Mostyn, Philpott on how the Texas economy compares to that of other states and Ramsey on the start of the 2010 election sprint: The best of our best from Sept. 6 to 10, 2010.

Can We Talk?

Not to be-Labor the point, but on this Day when we pause to celebrate the men and women of Texas (and elsewhere) who work for a living, we thought we'd show off the sweat and toil of our crack interviewers. Nearly every Trib reporter has sat down with a few of the most interesting and newsworthy Texans over the last few months: current and former elected officials, authors and activists, operatives and candidates, and policy wonks of all types and stripes. Thus far we've conducted 37 so-called "TT Interviews" (a respectful riff on the Rolling Stone Interviews that many of us grew up reading) and presented them as audio, video, a transcript or some combination of the above. This non-narrative form is an effective and compelling way to tell the unfiltered stories of Texas politics, public policy and government; enjoy. And happy holiday.

Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.
Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.

TribBlog: Pickens Updates Plan

T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire Texas oilman, updated the presentation today for his Pickens Plan to get the country off of foreign oil. He focuses almost entirely on natural gas, and makes no mention of the wind power he also peddled two years ago.

Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.
Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens says operators are to blame for plunging oil prices.

T. Boone Pickens: The TT Interview

The oilman told the Tribune that BP's CEO has made some verbal "boo-boos" but that offshore work must continue: "You know, we can drill those wells in the deep water."

A Conversation with T. Boone Pickens

The energy magnate traveled to Texas Tech University in Lubbock in mid-April as part of the Tribune's inaugural College Tour stop. He talked about wind and other renewables, how high the price of oil will go, how he'd grade Barack Obama's performance in office so far, and what it's like to lose $2 billion in a single year.