U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, a senior member of the Senate Energy Committee said today that he intends to introduce a portion of the energy plan advanced by Texas oil man T. Boone Pickens that would create a national electric transmission grid and a major expansion of wind and solar energy.Senator Dorgan is a heavyweight. In addition to being Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, he is Chairman of the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Energy and Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism.
“I agree with Mr. Pickens that our country is facing an energy crisis, and we can’t be taking baby steps to solve it.
“We are importing 65 percent of our oil from foreign countries, many of them located in troubled parts of the world. Our American petroleum dollars are ending up in the bank accounts of foreign governments, and, among other things, enough of it is spilling from the oil barrel to finance the terrorist organizations that are a threat to our homeland. All of this holds our country’s economic future hostage to events we can’t control. That has to stop.
“I will introduce part of the Pickens plan in the U.S. Senate calling for the building of a nationwide electric transmission superhighway. It will allow our country to maximize the potential to produce vast wind energy in the heartland from Texas to North Dakota. And it will allow us to develop solar energy from the southwest to California. We can put that electric energy on the transmission superhighway and move it to where it is needed in our country. By maximizing our production and use of renewable energy here at home, we will reduce our need for imported oil....MORE
According to Wikipedia he was the editor of Electric Transmission Infrastructure and Investment Needs: Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate Diane Pub Co (January 2003).
From the Minot Daily News:
Pickens pushes for ‘electric superhighway’