Environmental Protection

SWANA Taps T. Boone Pickens for WASTECON Address

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) welcomes T. Boone Pickens as the 2009 WASTECON presidential keynote speaker on Sept. 23 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Pickens will share his vision for reducing America's dependence on foreign oil with strategies that include renewable energy sources from solid waste. The session will be moderated by SWANA's incoming International President John Hadfield.

"Mr. Pickens is an internationally acclaimed visionary in the quest for alternative renewable energy supplies," said John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA executive director and CEO. "I am sure his presentation will inspire and motivate WASTECON attendees."

Pickens is the architect of the Pickens Plan, a solution to America's increasing dependence on foreign oil that he believes is the greatest threat to America's national, economic and environmental security. His campaign, launched in July 2008, has developed a following of more than 1.6 million Americans who support an expanded use of domestic fuel alternatives —chiefly natural gas — to replace foreign oil/diesel/gasoline. Pickens also has called for the increased use of clean, renewable energy — solar and wind — for power generation purposes, as well as an expanded use of nuclear.

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