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Pickens calls wind power cheaper than foreign oil

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens acknowledges an energy plan he's pushing would be expensive.

But, he says, it's still cheaper than continuing to buy foreign oil.

He estimates it would cost $1.2 trillion to build new wind farms across the Great Plains and the transmission lines to carry the power.

Pickens argues the United States should make the investment to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. He says the wind farms would free up natural gas now used to generate electricity for use in transportation.

Pickens has started a $58 million campaign for his plan. He came to Topeka for his first town hall meeting.

About 450 people crowded into the hall where he spoke, and an additional 600 listened outside, according to security.

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