Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pickens Still Pitching Natural Gas & Alternative Energy

It’s the end of a long day and T. Boone Pickens is in the Nashville studio of the RFD Network, surrounded by young members of 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America.

It seems the 80-year-old billionaire has struck a chord with the young people. “Boone. Boone. Boone,” they chanted.

Maybe he has found recruits for the Pickens Plan Army he’s assembled to back his proposal to start weaning the nation off foreign oil. Pickens and his army want wind farms across the Great Plains to generate electricity, and natural gas to be used as a transportation fuel, reducing the need for oil imports.

But even at a triumphant moment as the recent evening in Tennessee offered, Pickens has far to go. He wants his plan adopted in the first 100 days of the new White House administration. He’s campaigning for it as hard as if he were running for office.

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