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Governor Sanford Signs Pickens Pledge

October 31, 2008


Governor Sanford Signs Pickens Pledge


Columbia, S.C. – October 31, 2008 – 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 <> . 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.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Boiled Peanut Gallery permalink
    October 31, 2008 11:54 am

    What an awful plan. I’m all for reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but this ain’t the way to go. What’s going to happen to natural gas prices? They’ll sky rocket and that means people’s heating costs will sky rocket. Low income people and those on fixed incomes may not be able to heat their homes.

  2. No more foreign oil permalink
    October 31, 2008 3:40 pm

    I think the Governor and Pickens have the right idea. Doesn’t Boiled Peanut remember how much gas costs just a few months ago? Heck, some places in Charlotte and Atlatna they couldn’t even get gas.

    Domestic Natural Gas is the best option we have!

  3. Joe permalink
    October 31, 2008 6:29 pm

    Governor Sanford and Mr. Pickens have the right idea because: they have a plan. If there are other plans out there that are as detailed as Mr Picken’s plan, and are better, please present them. But as of right now, The Pickens Plan is the best and only plan that is fully outlined for the American Public. Lets do it now.

  4. Archie permalink
    October 31, 2008 7:07 pm

    Its good to see our Governor’s support with this. We can’t forget that we need to keep pushing to get something done. With gas prices coming down it will be easy to forget, just like it happened in the 70’s. So let’s keep the idea alive.

  5. Helen Kelly permalink
    October 31, 2008 7:16 pm

    Drill, Baby, Drill! Then do all of the other stuff. NOW!

  6. October 31, 2008 7:43 pm

    The Pickens Plan is a bridge to the future in several respects. It recognizes our need to wean our country off foreign oil ASAP and at the same time proposes doing so by implementing alternative energy technologies which are available NOW, not 10 or 20 years in the future.

    Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the only logical choice for several reasons. First, for heavy trucks there is no other fuel available which is viable in diesel engines and can be produced in the quantities necessary for all the heavy trucks in the US. Second, natural gas creates 90% less pollution and emits 25% less carbon dioxide than diesel fuel and so would serve to reduce our carbon emissions by a significant percentage.

    While not being specifically aimed at tackling any climate change effects that may be occurring the Pickens Plan would obviously be the sensible plan to follow in achieving those goals as well simply by default.

    If you take the time to study the plan, as it seems that the Governor has, it soon becomes apparent that The Pickens Plan is the only logical, achievable one that we have at present.

  7. Bill Seymour permalink
    October 31, 2008 10:20 pm

    I support Governor Sanford in his signing the Pickens Pledge. Governor Sanford can see the need for us to break free from foreign oil. We can create jobs all accross the country with this new energy plan. I applaud the Governor for taking this step to free us from foreign oil dependence.
    We have got to start thinking beyond on our current needs. We need to be planning for our childrens future as well as our grand children.
    The Pickens Plan does just that it gives alternatives that are inovative as well as sustainable. Our homes use 40% of the energy in the US. That’s 40% for light’s, heating and cooling our homes we live in. The cost are going to continue to increase, we must take action. Please take the time to review the Pickens Plan. It is the smart way to go. Lets get behind Governor Sanford and support him and the Pickens Plan.

  8. Stop Supporting Terrorist permalink
    November 1, 2008 10:45 am

    Thanks Governor Sanford for supporting the Picken’s Plan. Everytime an American fills up at the pump, a portion of that money goes to Arabia and funds training camps for terrorists that are against America. We’ve got to STOP SENDING BILLIONS OF AMERICAN DOLLARS to terrorist nations! The very security of our country depends on energy independence and wind power and solar power are the best bets on getting our independence. As for drill-baby-drill, it would take 10 years to see a drop of oil if you started drilling today. That’s a far off plan while wind mills can be erected in a matter of months.

  9. Phil Anderson permalink
    November 2, 2008 10:44 am

    Thanks to Governor Sanford. With His endorsement Governor Sanford shows everyone that he is what he says he is. With his signature on the Pickens Pledge other officials are sure to follow. Ok, all you elected officials who have not yet signed, SIGN UP! So far, there is no better plan. If you have, or know of a better paln, let’s hear it!

  10. Richard Austin permalink
    November 3, 2008 10:04 am

    Totally awesome that Gov. Sanford is backing the Pickens Plan. I notice that those who don’t agree with it, still haven’t come up with an alternative plan. Guess they want to keep sending their money overseas. We need to keep every dollar we can in America. Somebody is going to make a profit on energy regardless of where it comes from. Might as well be an American company, where the profits will stay in America! Now, if we can just get our local utility companies on board!!

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