North Dakota Has No Choice but to Build a Political Moat Around Coal-Fired Power

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota got some excellent news today.

After months of largely behind-the-scenes negotiations, spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, it seems there may be a buyer for Coal Creek Station.

That’s North Dakota’s largest coal-fired power plant, which owner Great River Energy, bowing to the realities of an energy market that’s been heavily manipulated by politics toward wind power, announced would be closing last year.

The new buyer, which hasn’t been named as I write this, would keep the plant open, and it’s welcome news to the dozens of central North Dakota communities which the plant’s closure would have gutted.

Even some of the state’s Democrats are happy about the move.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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