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T. Boone Pickens' Energy Plan Calls For Use Of Eminent Domain

By David Snyder
Eminent Domain Blog
November 2, 2008

Billionaire oilman T. Boon Pickens has been actively promoting his
energy plan. Pickens wants the private sector to build wind farms from West
Texas to North Dakota and solar farms in the Southwest. This plan also
contemplates obtaining easements through eminent domain so transmission lines
can take electricity generated by wind and solar to other parts of the country.
He compares these easements to the creation of the Interstate Highway system in
the 1950s.

Pickens believes his plan will help eliminate the dependency of the United
States on foreign oil. However, neither presidential candidate has committed to
his proposal. Pickens has been meeting continuously with leaders from the
government and private industry as well as the press to argue for his plan.


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