President Obama is making his first visit to Indian country when he visits Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota on Friday. He’ll also be in the home of the nation’s biggest economic boom, and a local paper wants him to take note.
In recent years, North Dakota seen huge growth in energy production — especially oil and natural gas — deliver it a surreal 2.6 percent unemployment rate and an economy growing at almost 10 percent a year.
“Is the president skipping what some call the North Dakota economic miracle because the solutions aren’t coming out of Washington?” the board asks. “Or is it because the president’s Environmental Protection Agency just issued a costly new set of rules for all U.S. electricity providers that could adversely impact North Dakota’s energy costs and continued economic prosperity?”
The editorial goes on to highlight the state’s approach to energy production, which has meant economic growth and health revenues for the state. The Tribune also notes that North Dakota doesn’t impose burdensome regulations, but is consistently rated among the states with the cleanest air.
“We only hope he will take a little extra time to learn about how bipartisan energy solutions can and should be implemented, and consider how policies coming out of Washington will either help or hinder the type of success North Dakota families and communities have experienced,” the newspaper concluded.