Remembering a Friend to Energy: George H.W. Bush

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As the country continues to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, Pink Petro would like to recognize the man who shared our values.

He was a friend of energy and supported diversity within the industry.

Before launching his career and after marrying Barbara, Bush took a sales job with an energy firm in Midland, Texas. Dresser Industries later merged with Halliburton, an early believer in Pink Petro.

A few years later he got his hands dirty by starting two drilling businesses, including Zapata Petroleum Corporation.

By the mid-1960’s, politics came calling and Bush was elected to Congress. He sold his share of the drilling businesses but never lost his appreciation for energy and inclusion.

In 1992, while Bush was in the Oval Office, Linda Stuntz was unanimously confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Energy. This marked the first time a woman served in this position. Stuntz played a key role in developing and enacting the Energy Policy Act. It contained more than two dozen ways to reduce dependence on energy imports, boost renewable energy production, and increase efficiency of buildings.

In October of 1992, President Bush signed this landmark legislation into law.

Mr. Bush was a man of integrity, character, and had a real zest for life. 

His son George W. Bush said at the funeral in this full eulogy, “In his old age, dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, volume on high (laughter), all the while holding mom’s hand. After mom died, Dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was to hold mom’s hand, again.”

Rest in Peace, with Robin and Barbara, #41.