Heitkamp Makes Strong Case For Coal & Biofuels During EPA Administrator's Visit To North Dakota Senator Brought EPA Administrator to State to Hear from North Dakotans about Future of Coal & Renewable Fuel Standard
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2014 - Heitkamp Makes Strong Case For Coal & Biofuels During EPA Administrator's Visit To North Dakota
Senator Brought EPA Administrator to State to Hear from North Dakotans about Future of Coal & Renewable Fuel Standard
BEULAH, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy in North Dakota, providing North Dakotans an opportunity to voice their concerns directly with the nation’s top environmental regulator, whose decisions frequently have major impacts on the state.
Heitkamp staunchly defended North Dakota’s coal industry and made the case for continued investments in clean coal technologies, like North Dakota is already doing, as part of a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. This visit was McCarthy’s first trip to North Dakota as EPA Administrator.
Heitkamp brought McCarthy to Dakota Gasification Company in Beulah to see firsthand the innovative techniques being used to produce natural gas from coal, and transport the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. Before joining the Senate, Heitkamp was a director at Dakota Gasification. She has continually fought against unworkable EPA proposals and impossible timelines that threaten the future of coal, which provides nearly 80 percent of North Dakota’s electricity and supports more than 13,000 jobs in the state.
“In North Dakota, we know what true all-of-the-above energy means because we’re actually doing it. I wanted Administrator McCarthy to see firsthand some of our energy efforts and also better understand the real-world impacts of the EPA’s policy decisions,” said Heitkamp. “With the help of many hardworking North Dakotans, who depend on coal for their jobs or to keep the lights and heat on for their families, we made a strong case to Administrator McCarthy that coal is critically important to Americans. We spoke about how we need to find a viable path forward for coal to make sure this abundant, affordable fuel is readily available. Separately, we also spoke about the impact of EPA regulations on farmers and the biofuels industry in North Dakota. Our state is paving the way in energy development, and I appreciate Administrator McCarthy heeding my requests to come visit and taking the time to let me show her around.”
"President Obama has reiterated the need for an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and we're seeing that at work in North Dakota," said EPA Administrator McCarthy. "Coal and natural gas will continue to be an important part of a diverse U.S. energy mix, but some of the innovative power generation activities in North Dakota prove that we can modernize our power sector in a way that cuts pollution while still growing the economy and providing reliable, affordable electricity to families everywhere."
Heitkamp today reiterated her forceful opposition to proposed EPA’s regulations on new power plants. She hopes the visit will help the EPA understand the negative impact new rules will have in places like North Dakota. Heitkamp believes that our state would be disproportionally impacted by any proposal that would set unachievable regulations on coal-fired power plants.
Earlier today, Heitkamp brought McCarthy to Bismarck to meet with corn-based ethanol