October 17, 2012 Is Energy Independence on the North American Supply Chain Agenda? If legendary energy executive, T. Boone Pickens has his way, North America will be energy independent only after it develops alternative fuel sources. Pickens was a keynote speaker at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference & Supply Chain of America 2012 where he presented essential elements of his Pickens Plan. Energy Options Dyann Bartus Calder, vice president of Marketing for Odyssey Logistics & Technology (OL&T), an attendee at the event, offered the following recap. “T. Boone Pickens presented options that include all forms of energy—wind, natural gas, nuclear, biofuel, coal and oil. He believes in an energy independent North America, which includes strategic partnerships with Canada and Mexico.” The strategy would have a significant effect on U.S. supply chain and transportation management. Pickens is an advocate of finding greener alternatives for fueling the nation’s trucks that in 2011 were responsible for delivering more than 9 billion tons of freight in the U.S. Pickens is on the board for California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, the largest provider of natural gas for transportation in North America. As Vice President Calder explained, “Natural gas-powered trucks currently being used in California are clear examples of how visionaries like Pickens are changing transportation today and into the future.” For more information on green supply chain practices, download the OL&T resource document, Empowering Sustainability in Logistics: Building a Responsible Partnership for a Green Supply Chain.