"It's interesting, because if you look back -- that when the price went down, people lost interest," he said. "This time, I'm not kidding you. ... I think I have embedded that into the the psyche of the American people, that foreign oil, using it at the level we do, is not good for our country and very dangerous for our security."
"What you have to have is leadership," he continued. "We're sold. There's others that are going to be sold. There are others that understand it better than they did a year ago and the people that are with me are constantly sending e-mails to Washington saying, get an energy plan for America and release the security issue that we're confronted with."
Hopeful for the future, Pickens said he expected to have "natural gas fueling legislation before the end of the year."
"I think we're going to be very happy with what comes out of Congress on energy this year."