Hoeven calls for more state regulation of energy

Today, at a National Journal event on “The New Economics of Energy,” Hoeven continued talking about energy by laying out a vision of an American energy future driven by innovation and private sector investment if the right policies are in place.

One policy change is regulatory reform. “We’re doing too much regulation,” Hoeven told the audience. The former governor of a state that produces oil, coal, natural gas, and wind power, made the case that individual states should take the lead on regulating energy production. Because every state is unique, they should be the primary regulator with federal regulators being a backstop, Hoeven said.

Along with a friendly legal and regulatory environment, the Senator argued for infrastructure improvements. “We’re moving more oil out of North Dakota by rail car than by pipeline” which costs more, he said. More pipelines like Keystone XL are needed to move oil and gas to market along with roads improvements to access oil and gas sites.