Plain Talk: Supreme Court decision may bolster North Dakota’s carbon capture projects says industry leader

MINOT, N.D. — America’s industry, from power production to agriculture to manufacturing, needs “to be governed by policymakers not lawsuits.”

That’s what Jason Bohrer, president of the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council, said on this episode of Plain Talk. He sees the recent Supreme Court decision in North Dakota v. EPA as a boon not just for his industry, but for American democracy in that it will require Congress and other legislative bodies to actually make a decision on what it wants emissions policy to be, instead of punting the question to regulators and judges.

That’s a more transparent process, he argues. A more predictable one. That, in the end, will serve America better.

And while some are arguing that the Supreme Court’s finding that the EPA didn’t have authority from Congress to regulate emissions in the way it was will endanger the environment, Bohrer sees it as helping.

He argues that projects such as carbon capture, of which there are many here in North Dakota, will be more viable now that they don’t have to match pace with a timeline from the EPA that seemed calculated, on a political basis, to be “impossible to meet,” according to Bohrer.

This ruling “increases the odds that you’re going to see carbon capture on some of our projects,” he claims, and that seems likely.

Which is good news for North Dakota.

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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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