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Saxby Chambliss Endorses T. Boone Pickens’ Energy Plan

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 8, 2008

Saxby Chambliss, the Republican incumbent in the U.S. Senate race, has announced
a “major endorsement” for Wednesday morning.

(Update: Pay no attention to the unfounded speculation in the next paragraph.
The press conference will focus on a declaration of support by the Fraternal
Order of Police.)

You have to wonder if a clue to the topic might be found in an Atlanta Business
Chronicle article filed late Tuesday:

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., pledged Tuesday to push for congressional
passage of an energy independence plan being pushed by billionaire Texas oilman
T. Boone Pickens.

Chambliss said Pickens’ proposals to develop new domestic sources of energy
while expanding proven American technology share much in common with bipartisan
energy legislation he is sponsoring in the Senate.

“Boone’s got great ideas,” Chambliss said during a meeting with Atlanta Business
Chronicle editors and reporters. “He knows I agree with him.”

…Pickens, the chairman of BP Capital Management, is calling on the 111th
Congress, which takes office in January, to enact an energy plan that reduces
U.S. dependence on foreign oil by at least 30 percent within a decade.

Specifically, the series of national television ads he is bankrolling trumpets
renewable energy, particularly wind power, and developing technology to power
cars and trucks with natural gas.


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