We had a fantastic speaker on the final day of the Women President's Organisation conference in San Diego.   T. Boone Pickens is an 80 year old wealthy Texan who is campaigning to reduce USA's addiction to foreign oil and who gave a straightforward explanation of just how scary the statistics are.

Did you know that 85 million barrels of oil are consumed every day?
Of those, 21 million barrels are consumed by the USA – who have 4% of the world's population.

You don't have to be a genius to work out that this is unsustainable.  Of the 21 million barrels – 1/3 of them come from inside the USA and 2/3 of them come from other countries including Venezuela, Nigeria and the Middle East.

If the US government created an energy plan that over time ensured that 22% of the energy needed was to come from windpower, this could free up the natural gas that is currently consumed to become the power for transportation, and that would reduce their reliance of foreign oil by 38%.

This was the first time I have heard someone explain the "big picture" in such a straightforward way.  Boone Pickens has created the Pickens Plan to encourage people to sign up and campaign to US congress.  Seems like it takes an individual with financial backing to sometimes get the individual to sit up and take notice – well he did a good job on me!