AT A STANFORD University tech conference three years ago, legendary Texas oil man T. Boone Pickens spoke bluntly about the global energy crisis and the urgent need to use cleaner fuels. Between policy points, the elderly billionaire said: "I can make it to the finish line, but I'm not so sure about our grandchildren . . . For generations to come, this has got to be fixed."
Haunting words, coming not from a soy-eating, tree-hugging, street-protesting U.S. citizen, but from one of the wealthiest and most admired American businessmen and investors of our time. He can buy a natural-gas field quicker than we can fill up our hybrid cars. Enough capitalist cred for you, Business Guy?