Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"In North Dakota, energy is a key and growing industry. From traditional resources, like coal and oil, to renewable resources like wind and biofuels, energy is not only powering our homes and fueling our vehicles - it's powering our economy. Thanks to our comprehensive state energy plan, EmPower ND, North Dakota has provided our energy companies with the incentives and certainty they need to develop our energy resources and implement the technology they need to produce more energy with good environmental stewardship...
A comprehensive energy policy should include - but is not limited to:
- Incentives to encourage research and development of new renewable energy and the technologies needed to develop our traditional resources in an efficient and clean way. This includes the development and use of horizontal drilling for oil, and clean-coal technologies like carbon capture and sequestration.
- A legal and regulatory framework that provides predictability and incentives to companies looking to start or expand carbon capture and sequestration operations.
- The infrastructure we need to get our energy from local markets to the national market.
- Incentives on the federal level to encourage the development of natural gas collection and distribution to collect this clean-burning gas and get it to market.
- Continued pressure on the EPA to increase the ethanol standard to E-15. This will help bring emissions from cars down and help bring the nation closer to energy independence.
- The continued development of a favorable framework for aggressive development of our wind energy resources."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of state or federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (R-ND), Jan. 5, 2011-present
Member, US Senate Committee on Appropriations
Member, US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Member, US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Member, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Governor, North Dakota, 2000-2010
Former Chair, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Former Chair, Midwestern Governors Association
Former Chair, National Governors Association's Health and Human Services Committee and
Former Chair, National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee
Former Chair, Governors' Ethanol Coalition.
CEO, Bank of North Dakota, 1993-2000
Executive Vice President, First Western Bank, 1986-1993