JOHN FLESHER

AP Environmental Writer

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) Texas oil magnate T. Boone Pickens is urging Michigan leaders to embrace alternative energy.

Pickens joined Gov. Jennifer Granholm in an energy discussion Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island.

He has invested heavily in wind energy in Texas and is lobbying U.S. politicians to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Without new policies, he said in 10 years the nation will import 75 percent of its oil at $300 a barrel.

Pickens says he'd support an energy tax to help wean Americans from oil, but acknowledges it would be unpopular and has drawn little support from politicians.

He says he has no immediate plans to invest in Michigan, but describes the state as fertile ground for technologies such as wind and automobile batteries.

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