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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington Jan. 18, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

Audio: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Touts Friendlier, More Cooperative Relationship With States

Audio: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Touts Friendlier, More Cooperative Relationship With States

“If you go back to the inception of the agency…Congress has been very insistent in saying the states have a role,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told me during an interview on my radio show today. “The past administration simply disregarded that,” he continued. Pruitt told me he wants the EPA to focus on “cooperative federalism”

North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer Rick Abbott / The Forum

Audio: Cramer Calls Heitkamp Vote for Methane Rule “a Poke in the Eye of North Dakota”, Calls Comey Firing “Appropriate”

I wrote earlier today about Senator Heidi Heitkamp making a surprise vote against repealing an Obama-era methane rule implemented through the Bureau of Land Management. The rule, if you haven’t been following long, is duplicative and of dubious provenance. The EPA already regulates methane emissions (as does the State of North Dakota, for that matter),

Great River Energy's Coal Creek Station on August 19, 2015, in Underwood, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

All of a Sudden North Dakota and the EPA Are Getting Along

In years past, when I’d talk with colleagues and others from out of state, I’d joke that North Dakota’s official pastime is suing the federal government. Because our state does it a lot, and regulations implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency have always been a frequent target. But of late, under the Trump administration, there

The dragline shovel Chief Ironsides works alongside highway 83 near the Great River Energy plant at Falkirk at sunset Wednesday. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Trump’s EPA Head Scott Pruitt to Governor Doug Burgum: “The Days of Coercive Federalism Are Over”

Back during last year’s election I had lunch with then-gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum and we talked about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the time a lot of people, including this observer, were surprised at Burgum’s fulsome endorsement of Trump’s candidacy. He was (and still is) a hugely controversial and divisive figure even among Republicans. Burgum explained

Democrats Want To Keep Science Used To Justify Government Regulation A Secret

One common trope in modern politics is to take a political position, hang a lab coat on it and brand it “science” and then accuse anyone opposing your position of being some sort of unenlightened, anti-science troglodyte. It’s a nifty political maneuver, and it would be a much more convincing posture were Democrats not simultaneously

Army Corps Of Engineers Official Says EPA Misused And Abused Data To Justify Waters Of The U.S. Rule

This is something of a bombshell in the on-going saga over the Waters of the U.S. rule (also known a the federal government’s attempt to extend regulatory control over all land that gets wet or even might get wet). According to documents obtained by Senator Jim Inhofe, the Army Corps of Engineers is disputing the

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