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Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., became the first governor to sign the pledge to join T. Boone Pickens' campaign to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

"Bill Richardson is a man of vision and a man of action," says Pickens. "I salute him for his leadership in urging the next administration in Washington - whoever wins in November - to make reducing our dependence on foreign oil an absolute priority during the first 100 days of his presidency."

Pickens was in Albuquerque for a town hall meeting at which nearly 2,000 people listened to him explain his plan to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil by 30% over the next 10 years.

While Richardson says there are elements of the plan he is concerned about, he supports Pickens in calling on the next president to develop immediately a comprehensive energy plan that reduces U.S. oil dependence and promotes renewable energy on a massive scale.

Pickens’ pan calls for a 30% reduction on the country's dependence on foreign oil within 10 years by using renewable resources and expanding the national electrical grid.

SOURCE: T. Boone Pickens

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