North Dakota's coal industry is promoting electric cars.

The Lignite Energy Council bought a Tesla, emblazoned it with pro-coal messaging, and has been driving it around. It's an image so incongruous to some that The Washington Post recently featured the marketing effort in a national news article written by reporter Will Englund.

Jason Bohrer, president of the LEC, joined this episode of Plain Talk with co-host Chad Oban to discuss why he feels it's important for the debate over coal and energy not to be seen through the lenses of partisan politics or the culture war.

Also discussed is the just-completed special session as well as the resignation of Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger as his struggles with sobriety continue.

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