T. Boone Pickens sees future in natural gas-powered trucking fleet

T. Boone Pickens, the Texas investor and oil billionaire who has become a staunch advocate for green energy, is at it again with a wild new plan to make the U.S. more energy independent. The iconoclastic Pickens is now advocating a wholesale shift in the U.S. big-rig trucking fleet from imported diesel fuel to domestically produced natural gas.

By his math, the U.S. could cut its oil imports in half by creating a trucking fleet with 6.5 million 18-wheelers running on natural gas, Pickens said in an interview on NewsMax TV. Pickens believes this could be done within seven years.