It is vital that North Dakota’s first carbon pipeline is built the right way


MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum has set a goal for North Dakota to be carbon neutral by 2030.

It’s a big deal.

“Big” isn’t really an adjective that covers it. During a recent episode of my podcast, Plain Talk, Commerce Commissioner James Leiman spoke to me about some $30 billion worth of projects which are in the works for our state and in line with Burgum’s goal.

For a state that has struggled with access to capital since, well, statehood, that’s an astounding turn of events.

Of that total, $4.5 billion is represented by a new carbon pipeline called the Midwest Carbon Express to be built by Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions.

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