Plain Talk: Burgum Talks About the Greta Thunberg Mural Controversy, His 2020 Challenger, Energy, Agriculture and Trump


“Art is art,” Gov. Doug Burgum said of controversy in Bismarck over a mural of activist Greta Thunberg. “Art is free speech.”

On this episode of Plain Talk, he also discussed what he described as our “broken energy market,” which is contributing to the financial woes of a major coal-fired power plant owned by Great River Energy.

Burgum responded to the recently-launched campaign of a potential Democratic challenger in 2020. He said he hasn’t yet met Dr. Shelley Lenz, but agreed with her calls to promote North Dakota’s animal agriculture even as he disagreed with her claims that western North Dakota has been ignored under his administration. Burgum said one way to help animal agriculture, and agriculture in general, is to end North Dakota’s corporate farming ban.

He described the ban as a “rule against farmers gathering capital outside of their families.”

Burgum also discussed his time campaigning for President Donald Trump in Iowa.

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