Grand Forks Herald By: Rep. Kelly Armstrong Feb 8th 2021
"During his first two weeks in office, President Biden signed an unprecedented 42 executive actions, many of which are a direct assault on thousands of jobs in North Dakotaâ€™s oil and gas industry."
Thousands of North Dakotans rely on jobs supported by the energy industry to provide for their families. This industry is driven by people who live in Bakken cities like Watford City and Williston, coal country towns like Beulah and Washburn, and thousands of others in Bismarck, Minot, and even Fargo, just to name a few.
During his first two weeks in office, President Biden signed an unprecedented 42 executive actions, many of which are a direct assault on thousands of jobs in North Dakotaâ€™s oil and gas industry. Specifically, he rescinded a key permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and implemented a one-year moratorium on new energy leasing on all federal lands. If the policies he chose to enact during his first few days in office are any indication of his priorities for the next four years, it is clear Biden will side with the radical climate activists over the needs of millions of Americans whose jobs will be jeopardized by more reckless federal overreach.
North Dakota is an agriculture and energy producing state, and we rely on infrastructure to transport our commodities across the country and the world. Any attack on critical infrastructure is a threat to our stateâ€™s ability to compete on a global scale.