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Governor Sanford Signs Pickens Pledge

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Location: Columbia, SC


Governor Sanford Signs Pickens Pledge

GOVERNOR JOINING MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICANS WHO WANT TO BREAK ADDICTION TO FOREIGN OIL

Governor Mark Sanford today signed the pledge to join T. Boone Pickens' campaign to reduce America's addiction to foreign oil.

"I am a conservative's conservative, and as such believe in not just the sustainable use of financial assets, but in stewardship and the sustainable - or ‘conservative' - use of natural resources. When you look at the numbers, the current trend lines are completely unsustainable with regard to our dependence on foreign oil," Gov. Sanford said. "We believe the Pickens Plan not only recognizes that, but also recognizes that the only sustainable path for our country is to aggressively pursue alternative energies to meet our needs now and in the future. We also believe very strongly that this can be done in a market-based fashion rather than by government edict, and in that regard represents a real economic opportunity for our country. What Boone has done in building an army of support of over 1 million strong for this plan is to be admired, and will be key to elevating this debate at a national level."

"Governor Sanford has a long track record of fighting hard for solutions to problems that are of the greatest concern to those he's elected to serve, and he will be a real leader in our mission to break the stranglehold foreign oil imports have on this country," said Pickens. "South Carolinians have come out in droves supporting the Pickens Plan-Sanford's at the helm of a state full of patriots who are going to demand that the next President adopt an energy policy that makes use of American resources, creates American jobs-and enables us to stop sending billions of dollars annually overseas."

You can find the text of the Pickens Pledge and details on the plan at www.pickensplan.com. More than 1,300,000 people have joined the Pickens Army through the website, which has had over 11,000,000 hits.

Unveiled on July 8, 2008 by T. Boone Pickens, the Pickens Plan is a detailed solution for ending the United States' growing dependence on foreign oil, which costs the country $700 billion per year. The plan calls for investing in power generation from domestic renewable resources such as wind and using our abundant supplies of natural gas as a transportation fuel, replacing more than one-third of our imported fuel and saving more than $230 billion a year.


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