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This ruling "increases the odds that you're going to see carbon capture on some of our projects," says Jason Bohrer, president of the North Dakota Lignite Energy Council.
Attorney General Drew Wrigley said “North Dakota secured a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory in one of the most important environmental and energy law cases in decades.”
The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.
The president will also call on states to temporarily suspend state fuel taxes, which are often higher than federal rates, and he will challenge major oil companies to bring back idled refining capacity.

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Particularly galling to the White House is the jump in industry stock buybacks, returning to investors profits that the administration wants invested in more refining capacity to bring gasoline prices down.
"When you’re dependent on the weather for generating the electricity and have less dispatchable, you’re going to have tighter markets and you’re going to have times where you have a greater threat of having to have rolling blackouts,” North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak has said, noting that we've been too hasty in shutting down coal power.
North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer speaks about recent controversies about his comments about red flag laws, the gun control debate in general, what we can do about high gas prices, and the on-going Jan. 6 committee hearings.
Want to fix gas prices? Clear the roadblocks in the way of building new refineries. End the political war on oil production.
Top North Dakota legislators have not spoken about suspending the state's 23-cent-per-gallon gas tax, said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson.
Terracoh will build a pilot project in western North Dakota to demonstrate its technology for combining captured carbon dioxide and geothermal energy. The technology was developed at the University of Minnesota.

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The EPA is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above a figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels.
Bitzero Blockchain Inc. plans to make North Dakota its North American headquarters. Besides massive data centers worth up to $500 million, the company has a joint venture involving graphene batteries to store electricity and plans future announcements involving solar and wind energy in the state.
The commitment, published at the end of three days of talks, was weaker than a previous draft of the final communique seen by Reuters, which had included a target to end unabated coal power generation by 2030. Sources familiar with the discussions said Japan and the United States had both indicated they could not support that date.

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