Kalk issues cap and trade statement

North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk sent out the below news release late last night. Do you agree with what he has to say? What are your thoughts on cap and trade?

From Kalk:

"As President Ronald Reagan would say, ‘There they go again.’

The Associated Press reported on June 29 that President Obama is
working with several Senators to "quietly draft" a version of cap and
trade deemed "utility-only."

They have been trying for 18 months to force a bill to destroy our fossil
fuel industry. The people of the United States and North Dakota are
against such a bill. This has not stopped the president and his allies.

The worst oil spill in history is wrecking havoc on our country. In true
Chicago style, instead of focusing on stopping the leak and cleaning up
the mess, it is being used to push another version of cap and trade.

This new version of the old bill is aimed directly at North Dakota.

A "utility-only" version of cap and trade means increased costs for refineries and power plants resulting in at least a 25-40 percent increase in utility costs and thousands of lost jobs for our state.

The "utility-only" version is actually worse for our state than the original cap and trade bill. It will disproportionally affect North Dakota consumers and devastate our economy. If signed into law, North Dakota will no longer have the lowest retail electricity rates in the country, our rich oil and gas reserves will not be fully developed, and North Dakota’s economy will be forever harmed.

We are doing it right in North Dakota!

In addition to our strong fossil fuel industries, wind, biofuels and other renewable energy sources continue to increase in our state. North Dakota’s balanced approach to energy development should be modeled by Washington, not punished.

It is time for Senators Conrad and Dorgan to demand the president deliver a realistic policy that leads us towards genuine energy independence, not one that will wipe out our state’s economy."

2 thoughts on “Kalk issues cap and trade statement

  1. I disagree with Mr. Kalk’s assessment. Comprehensive clean energy and climate policy would create millions of clean energy jobs across America. North Dakota, with it’s immense wind and biofuel potential, would benefit greatly. By creating incentives for reducing pollution, we can create an outlet for energy utilities to clean up coal and invest in efficiency. The gulf spill illustrates the need to reduce our dangerous dependence on oil, and the current bill would cut our imports of foreign oil by up to 40%, improving our national security and keeping money in domestic energy.
    It seems that there is a backlash against every environmental regulation that has ever been proposed. Remember, it was cap-and-trade legislation under the first Bush administration that eliminated the threat of acid rain pollution and cost a third less than projected. This was followed by a period of economic boom in the 90′s.
    The irony is that the proposed legislation is a balanced policy that sets a pathway for cleaner coal, an updated electrical grid, massive efficiency upgrades, renewable energy, cleaner vehicles and transportation, and more, while funding vital projects like natural habitat protection. Reducing pollution is the global trend, and we’re already falling behind in the race for clean energy development. We can become global leaders, exporting new energy-saving and pollution-cutting technologies to the rest of the world, but we need the incentives to jumpstart our clean energy economy. This bill will accomplish that.

  2. “The worst oil spill in history is wrecking havoc on our country. In true
    Chicago style, instead of focusing on stopping the leak and cleaning up
    the mess, it is being used to push another version of cap and trade.”

    - This comment makes you sound ignorant and unworthy of readers time.

    At what point do we take a clue and realize that oil is not our future. We keep destroying land not just in ND but everywhere in order to extract a fuel that kills. ND has profited from oil yes, but why can’t North Dakota become a leader in clean energy? How long will our oil boom last? We have the money and certainly the resources to become a model for wind energy but instead we have people like you writing articles telling us to not worry about one of the largest oil spills in history and to “keep on drillin’. It sounds so redneck and unintelligent, however I felt compelled to comment. Although I believe most ND’s are well educated, there are those who will read this article and become scared that the “government” is going to hurt our economy. The idea behind this bill is to promote the expansion of alternative energy sources which ND could GREATLY profit on if they took a step forward and decided to become a leader. If you’re going to write your congressman, tell them to expand the use of wind energy throughout our state.

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