Port: North Dakota leaders to warn Minnesota of the ‘certainty’ of a lawsuit over proposed energy ban


MINOT, N.D. — Minnesota lawmakers are considering identical bills in the House and Senate legislative chambers that would seek to ban imports into the state of energy from sources that produce carbon. That would be things like natural gas and coal power.

News of the bills was presented today to North Dakota’s top energy regulators on the State Industrial Commission — made up of Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Drew Wrigley, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring — who were visibly nonplussed.

“Has anyone informed the House, the Senate, the governor that they’ve already lost at this?” Goehring asked the commission’s staff.

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