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"The time to worry about the economy was a year ago," Jim Cramer told viewers of his "Mad Money" TV show Friday.

On the one-year anniversary of his now infamous

"they know nothing"

rant about the

Federal Reserve

and its chairman Ben Bernanke, Cramer reflected on his much publicized plea for help.

Cramer said his "rant heard around the world" was meant to avoid exactly what's happened over the past 12 months. He said the staggering losses in the financial sector could have all been avoided had the Fed only listened and cut rates aggressively.

The stock of the now defunct

Bear Stearns

fell 91.5% from a high of $118 a share before being salvaged by

JP Morgan Chase

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, said Cramer.

Other financial stocks have faired only slightly better over the past year, he noted, including

Freddie Mac

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( FRE) down 86%,

Merrill Lynch

( MER) down 63%,

Washington Mutual

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down 85%,

Lehman Brothers

( LEH)down 69%, and


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both down 59%.

"I saw it coming a year ago when I begged the Fed to listen," he said. Cramer said the Fed was simply offering too little too late, adding short-term interest rates needed to be cut aggressively and quickly to allow homeowners to refinance their bad loans.

He said those fears were all realized, with a tide of home foreclosures, job losses mounting for the last seven months in a row and unimaginable losses in the financial sector. He asked why Congress isn't investigating the poor actions of the Fed.

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"My rant wasn't about saving jobs on Wall Street," said Cramer. "It was about saving homes on Main Street."

A Game Changer

Cramer once again welcomed

Chesapeake Energy

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co-founder, chairman and CEO Aubrey McClendon to the show to discuss his recent trip to Washington, DC and the future of the oil and energy industries.

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McClendon said his talks with members of Congress focused around moving more of U.S. transportation to cleaner burning natural gas in efforts to both help the environment and rely less on higher-priced, foreign oil.

Natural gas has the potential to solve both America's energy and environmental needs, said McClendon, noting natural gas can cut fuel costs by 50% and is 66% cleaner than oil.

Natural gas is the country's best hope for energy independence, with the huge gas reserves discovered in the oil shale regions of the country, along with technological advances to retrieve that gas, he said.

McClendon also noted that many other countries have succeeded where America has been faltering. One-third of the cars in Argentina, he noted, run on natural gas, while one-fourth of the autos in Italy use the fuel.

Cramer again offered his support and recommendation of both McClendon and Chesapeake Energy.

Making It Happen

For "Speculation Friday" Cramer recommended

Fuel Systems


as another way to play what he's deemed "the year of natural gas." The company makes fuel systems technology that allows forklifts and other industrial and commercial vehicles to run on natural gas.

"The company may be speculative, but it's not a pipe dream," he said. The company supplies vehicles to some of the largest industrial and manufacturing companies in the world, he noted. With natural gas vehicles 40% to 60% cheaper to operate than their oil-based counterparts, companies will be clamoring to make the switch, he said.

Cramer also mentioned the European Union's goal of having 20% of the vehicles in Europe running on natural gas by 2020 as added incentive for the company. In addition, there is an initiative in California that would create a $2.9 billion fund for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.

In addition to Fuel Systems, Cramer mentioned Canadian-based

Westport Innovations

, which is set to launch an IPO on the Nasdaq in the coming months, as well as

Clean Energy

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, as two more natural gas stocks to consider.

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Lightning Round

Cramer was bullish on


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Entergy Corp

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Consolidated Edison

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Johnson & Johnson

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Pride International

( PDE).

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At the time of publication, Cramer was not long on any stock.

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