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North Dakota now captures 95% of natural gas, the vast amount of which comes from oil wells, but still stands out as a major source of flaring, which releases climate-warming methane.
"I recently asked Lynn Helms, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director for the facts that rarely get reported," columnist Scott Hennen writes. "Helms tells us there is a full-on assault against our oil and gas industry in North Dakota coming from the Biden Administration."
This year’s overall disbursement is the second largest since 1983 and provides funds for states and Tribes to pursue a variety of conservation goals.
A site in Mercer County in North Dakota coal country came out at the top of a list of 18 potential sites for a Talon Metals plant to process ore into battery-grade materials.
“If they don’t, they’re going to pay a higher tax on their excess profits and face other restrictions,” President Biden said during a Halloween news conference. “My team will work with Congress to look at these options that are available to us and others. It’s time for these companies to stop war profiteering, meet their responsibilities to this country, give the American people a break and still do very well.”
The new funding will help Americans with heating costs and unpaid utility bills and repairs of home energy appliances that will help lower their energy costs, the White House said.

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Xcel Energy oversaw the implosion of the former Minnesota Valley electric generation plant in Granite Falls on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The plant generated electricity from 1930 to 2004, and was officially retired in 2009.
It may not be the specific type of progress that progressive activists want, but it's having a real impact on carbon emissions.
"Ironically Biden is making our point for us. The more he unleashes domestic oil production, the lower the price goes," columnist Scott Hennen writes. "What's not to love? The dirty little secret is, this administration hates domestic oil production. They will tolerate it for some temporary relief at the pump, but not for long."

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