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Editorial: Old-fashioned horse sense

Born in Oklahoma, growin’ up in the oil fields, making billions himself in oil after borrowing $2,500 to get started back in the fifties, Boone Pickens is a convert.

He’s a convert to wind power, alternative fuels … anything that will reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

A few years ago, Pickens announced a sweeping plan for a wind energy farm on those same plains that used to produce so much oil. That plan is still getting revved up, so to speak, but Pickens said he has not dropped it. He discovered that the infrastructure to deliver the generated power to its users could be deficient.

Several months ago, he attended the governor’s energy conference in Richmond, where Pickens again preached the gospel of self-sufficiency.

According to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Pickens said it’s dangerous to rely on foreign sources for so much of our energy supply … two-thirds of the oil we consume. At this session he was parti...

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