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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  • Roy_Bean

    The Obama administration has had a clear coherent energy policy from day one.  The policy has been to reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy and to reduce the impact on the environment.  The fact is that it is working exactly like they planned.  First of all they reduced demand by having fewer people driving to work and second they tried to reduce the impact on the environment by making it impossible to drill for fear of killing a duck.  I’m sure Heidi could be counted on to continue these policies.

    • ellinas1

      “…making it impossible to drill for fear of killing a duck.”
      Steer manure from a queer steer.
      Utter nonsense.

      • two_amber_lamps
        • ellinas1

          Honey, sweet pea, baby doll, love of my life, that prosecution stopped no one from drilling.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Only because it was thrown out of court.

          • ellinas1

            Even if the prosecution was successful, all the drillers had to do was follow the current law.
            Therefore I am correct in saying it stopped no one from drilling, fracking etc, etc.
            It is OK to advocate for something, it is not OK to exaggerate the facts. 

            Fact:  That prosecution stopped no one from drilling.

  • Guest

    Heidi Heitkamp is both scary and reckless. 

  • tomorrowclear

    Can anyone give us a rough idea of when “Drill baby, drill,” will bring those gas prices down to Newt levels in North Dakota? 

    See, I have a theory that that whole slogan was a big misunderstanding and Sarah was really asking Glen Rice for a return visit.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Energy markets are global, and are imoacted by much more than just drilling in ND. But in case yiu hadnt niticed, oil and gas prices have been falling for months.

      You should take an economics class.

  • Vugg

    heidi was/is one of obummer’s biggest cheerleaders and she thinks ND wants her in power ??   Sure Heidi, i just know if you went to washington you’d “fight the good fight” or at least that’s what you’d try tell ND anyway.   while you would march in lockstep with the “awesome  Anointed One” just like moe, larry, and curly did.    maybe you could take over for the ‘budget hawk’ kent conman.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Six months of her in DC and ND would be saying so long to the boom.

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