A billionaire energy tycoon from Texas and a liberal congressman from Connecticut make for an unlikely pair.
Yet U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, and T. Boone Pickens have become, well, friends.
“When my brothers met T. Boone Pickens, they said they wanted to be adopted,” Larson joked recently.
What drew the pair together was Larson’s strong support for Pickens’ plan to begin tapping the nation’s vast natural gas reserves to end its dependence on foreign oil.
Pickens said recently that Larson is “number one” in championing the plan in the Congress, where a $5 billion down payment on the scheme has passed the U.S. House and is now in the U.S. Senate’s hands. Pickens said it’s enough money to get started.
The two men have met in Hartford and in Washington on a number of occasions to plot strategy, sometimes over hotdogs at East Hartford’s eatery of choice, Augie & Ray’s Drive-In.
“We’re both working for America,” Pickens said. “This is a security issue.” Read the full story here.
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