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Oilman and billionaire T. Boone Pickens is traveling the country hoping to sell citizens on his energy plan.

Pickens says that a big investment in wind power could meet 20% of the nation’s energy needs and help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Speaking in Topeka, Kansas, Pickens called the United States “the “Saudi Arabia of wind.”

He stressed that wind power would benefit rural communities, citing the case of Sweetwater, Texas. It grew 20% after a wind farm was established just outside of town.

“Pickens’ Mesa Energy also is building the world’s largest wind farm — 4,000 megawatts — near Pampa, Texas, a town of about 17,000 in the Texas panhandle.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he has also “asked Congress to give him control over any transmission lines he would build for wind energy. Right now, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission controls all electric transmission lines.”

See a video of his Wichita, Kansas, presentation here.

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