August 5, 2008

Oil Mogul to Discuss Energy Plan in Lamar: T. Boone Pickens Will Speak Wednesday at a Town Meeting in Lamar.

By Anthony A. Mestas, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Aug. 5--LAMAR -- Oil mogul and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens will speak at a town hall meeting Wednesday.

Pickens will take the wraps off what he's calling the Pickens Plan for cutting the nation's demand for foreign oil by more than a third in less than a decade.

He will discuss his proposal to reduce America's estimated $700 billion annual dependence on foreign oil imports at the Elks Lodge, 28157 U.S. 287, at noon.

According to Pickens, the growing and dangerous dependence on foreign oil is the single biggest crisis facing America today.

Unveiled on July 8, the plan calls for investing in power generation from renewable resources such as wind and using abundant supplies of natural gas as a transportation fuel, replacing more than one-third of imported energy and saving more than $230 billion a year. The Lamar meeting will be the second town hall meeting in a series that will be held in several states.

Prowers County Commissioner Gene Millbrand said he is excited that Pickens chose Lamar as a stop on his tour.

"He probably could have gone up to Weld County where there are several other wind farms. I think it's a tremendous opportunity that he is coming to Lamar," Millbrand said.

Located in the southeastern region of the state, Prowers County is home to two large wind farms: Twin Buttes, a 75-megawatt project with 50 wind turbines each generating 1.5 megawatts and the Colorado Green Wind Power Project, with 108 turbines generating a total of 162 megawatts of power.

Lamar also is home to Modern Group, a company that is retrofitting the former Neoplan USA building to produce wind towers.

"I think this is a great opportunity for Lamar to showcase the existing wind farms and the fact that we have a manufacturer that is wind-related," Millbrand said.


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