Plain Talk: Drew Wrigley talks about his new job, Commerce Commissioner James Leiman talks carbon capture


North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley meets with The Forum editorial board Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — Since Gov. Doug Burgum announced a goal of making North Dakota’s economy carbon neutral by the year 2030, the state has seen about $30 billion worth of investment in things like carbon capture project.

James Leiman, who serves in Burgum’s administration as commerce commissioner, said on this episode of Plain Talk that these investments can “add to every single sector of our economy.”

“We are going to grow every single one of these things,” Leiman said, referring to agriculture, coal, oil, gas, wind power, and more.

Plus, carbon capture has the very real chance to become a burgeoning industry in the state in its own right.

Leiman says North Dakota is a special place that can make it happen. “This is one of the last places in the world where the American dream still exists,” he said.

Also on this episode, Attorney General Drew Wrigley talks about what it’s been like to take over that office since the passing of Wayne Stenehjem, as well as how he plans to campaign for a term of his own.

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