Pickens Plan Town Hall
T. Boone Pickens leads discussion of Pickens Plan
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Dole Institute of Politics, KU campus, Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is coming to Lawrence to seek support for his plan for energy independence. Pickens, who built his fortune in oil and has branched into other energy endeavors, will lead a town hall-style discussion of his plan at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at the Dole Institute of Politics. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., will introduce former Sen. Bob Dole, the institute's namesake, who then will introduce Pickens. The institute plans to have seating for about 350 people in the building’s Hansen Hall, plus room for about 150 more in an adjoining room. No tickets are required, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After being introduced by Brownback, Pickens will be expected to spend the next 40 minutes or so outlining what has become known as the “Pickens Plan,” a strategy that calls for the U.S. to boost use of wind and solar energy, tap domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel, increase incentives for household energy-saving alternatives, and create and update a national grid for transporting electricity.