Last updated on: 10/3/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

John Hoeven, MBA Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-ND)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“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.”

“Issues,” hoeven.senate.gov (accessed Jan. 12, 2015)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
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
Education:
  • MBA, Northwestern University, 1981
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1979
Other:
  • Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Mar. 13, 1957
  • Twitter handle: @SenJohnHoeven
  • Co-sponsor of S.1 a bill to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?