Pickens: We Must Reduce Our "Deadly Addiction" To Oil Imports, Focus On Renewable Wind Energy

NWF   |   July 23, 2008

Texas oilman T. Boone
Pickens is touting his plan to reduce foreign oil imports by more than 30
percent in the next 5 to 10 years. “My plan is aimed squarely at breaking the
stranglehold that foreign oil has on our country and the $700 billion annual
impact it has on our economy,” Pickens declared.

“I’ve been
an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of.
But if we create a new renewable energy network, we can break our addiction to
foreign oil,” reads the Pickens Plan
website.

The Pickens
Plan would harness extensive use of wind power. His company, Mesa Power, has
already invested $2 billion to build
the world’s largest wind farm in Pampa, Texas.

A report
from the Department of Energy
said that America could build enough wind farms
to provide 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030. The wind power
industry will bring many new jobs into the American economy and revitalize rural America.

Pickens
believes the infrastructure can be built by private enterprise within the next
10 years. "It’s time for us to take responsibility for the problem we’ve created
and act now," T.
Boone Pickens said recently in a statement
.

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