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  •  Yes, I thought it was relatively little Fed. land (1+ / 0-)
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    in Texas, but, how about...2.97 million out of 168.2 million acres, or 1.8%? Not much to work with there.

    http://www.fas.org/...

    See Table I on p. 5.

    And T. Boone Pickens is mostly in the pipeline bidness, be it oil, gas, bitumen, or water, but power transmission lines, not so much. Well, maybe, if it's to send wind-generated electricity: http://www.pickensplan.com/...
    But solar, only a part of the "Pickens Plan", insofar as it is the goal of the shorter-term "bridge fuel" that he's really interested in, natural gas:

    http://www.pickensplan.com/...

    "But the Pickens Plan isn’t just about natural gas.
    Natural gas is not a permanent solution to ending our addiction imported oil. It is a bridge fuel to slash our oil dependence while buying us time to develop new technologies that will ultimately replace fossil transportation fuels. Natural gas is the critical puzzle piece RIGHT NOW. It will help us to keep more of the $350 to $450 billion we spend on imported oil every year at home, where it can power our economy and pay for our investments in a smart grid, wind and solar energy, and increased energy efficiency.

    By investing in alternative energies while utilizing natural gas for transportation and energy generation, America can decrease its dependence on OPEC oil, develop the cutting-edge know-how to make wind and solar technology viable, and keep more money at home to pay for the whole thing.

    It is this connection that makes The Pickens Plan not just a collection of good ideas, but a true plan."

    ...sez T. Boone.

    - See more at: http://www.pickensplan.com/...

    In Texas it will likely take a state or more likely private land owner initiative. Someone with money and interest needs to snap up some of the drought-distressed land in W. Texas where rangeland is measured in square miles per head of cattle, and tie in to the grid.  Anyone here have a few extra million lying around unused?  Or is T. Boone yer good close personal friend?

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 07:26:47 AM PDT

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    •  The SEZ plan only covers BLM lands (1+ / 0-)
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      so the fact that there are large military bases in Texas doesn't get us very far.  BLM is the lead agency here and can only set policies for the lands it controls

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

      by Mindful Nature on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 08:00:55 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, the point I was recognizing. (1+ / 0-)
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        The NM office of the BLM, which manages those BLM lands in Texas, says there are only 11,000 ac. in Texas.  A lot of that is part of the strategic helium reserve.  Texas is a "state land" state, meaning the land was never owned by the U.S. govt. (along with the original 13 colonies, and Hawa'ii).

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 03:38:00 PM PDT

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