Heidi Heitkamp Wants North Dakota Energy Policy Set In Washington DC

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According to Heidi Heitkamp, America needs a “national energy policy” and is proposing one focused on “reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy, lessoning impact on our environment, and most importantly, reducing costs,” according to KXMB.

“[T]he Bush administration tried their hand at a plan, there hasn’t been any attention to it since then,” said Heitkamp. “I think it’s a huge failure of this administration and this congress, and I think it’s all about gridlock.”

Setting aside the obvious threat to the North Dakota energy industry involved with ending gridlock by electing Heidi Heitkamp and giving Democrats more power in Washington DC (let’s keep in mind that Democrats on the whole are not exactly friends to oil and coal power), what does a “national energy policy” mean other than more decisions made in Washington DC and fewer decisions made in North Dakota?

National energy policy is the EPA trying to ban fracking and take away North Dakota’s authority over regional haze. National energy policy is the Department of Energy squandering billions on “green energy” boondoggles like Solyndra.

Given our status as the most economically resilient state in the nation (thanks to the energy industry), North Dakotans should understand better, perhaps, than the citizens of any other state that the last thing we want is more decisions about energy policy being made in Washington DC as opposed to in the states.

Even if you could argue that Heidi Heitkamp (a former EPA lawyer,by the way) would craft sound national energy policy (something many in the state’s coal industry aren’t at all convinced of), and even if we assumed that good one-size-fits-all energy policy for this geographically and socially diverse nation could be set at the federal level, do we really want to give the central government the authority to set that policy?

What may be good national policy today, under present leadership, might one day morph into terrible policy under future leadership.

Heitkamp should be talking about protecting North Dakota from federal encroachment on energy policy, not leading the charge for more federal encroachment.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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