Pickens pitches 'nonpartisan' wind energy plan

Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens says 1 of his goals has already been accomplished in introducing a plan to wean the country off of foreign oil by promoting alternative fuels.

Speaking at a meeting of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Incorporated, Pickens says he wanted to get the presidential candidates talking about his campaign.

Pickens says he met with both Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Democratic nominee candidate Barack Obama to discuss his "Pickens Plan" for energy independence, and, quote, "both of them were 10s as far as interest."

Pickens says while McCain focused on nuclear energy and Obama is interested in hybrid cars, it's important that the issue is on the front burner of the presidential campaign.

The 80-year-old Pickens plans to plans to spend $58 million to promote his idea of building a wind power corridor in the Midwest to replace power produced from natural gas.

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