Doug Burgum on Environment



Rare earths from China are destroying the planet

The reason why [autoworker union] people are striking in Detroit is because of Joe Biden's interference with capital markets, and with free markets. We're subsidizing the automakers, and we're subsidizing a particular kind of car: we're subsidizing electric vehicles. [Should we] take a billion dollars, and subsidize a certain type of vehicle, and the batteries come from China?

China controls 85% of the Rare Earth minerals. They're called Rare Earth, because they're measured in parts per million. China is moving 100,000 pounds of Earth, in Indonesia, in Africa. They're literally destroying the planet, so that we can make a battery that's in a car, subsidized here. That's why they're striking, because they need two-thirds less workers to build an electric car. This strike is at Joe Biden's feet.

Source: Fox Business 2023 Republican primary debate in Simi Valley , Sep 27, 2023

Dept. of Environmental Quality to focus on clean air & water

We all want the same thing: clean air and water. North Dakota has some of the cleanest air and water in the nation, and our nation has some of the cleanest air and water in the world. If you've had a chance to travel around the world lately, you'll be thankful you're living in the United States because we do such a great job here. To make sure that it stays that way, we took a department inside another agency, elevated it to cabinet level and created the Department of Environmental Quality.
Source: 2020 North Dakota State of the State address , Jan 29, 2020

Innovation--not regulation--solves oil & gas challenges

We believe innovation--not regulation--is the best way to solve complex challenges in a digital age. Adding value to our enormous natural gas production is a tremendous opportunity. Converting gas to plastics or fertilizer--using gas to heat commercial-scale greenhouses for year-round local food production--converting gas to electrons to be exported on transmission lines--or reinjecting gas back into the ground as part of enhanced oil recovery- each of these represents a billion-dollar business opportunity. Substantial progress on gas capture is in our near future--with billions of private capital being invested in mid-stream processing and gathering pipelines-- but more capacity will be needed as our gas-to-oil ratio continues to grow. And we must ensure our regulations incent--versus discourage--capital investment.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to North Dakota Legislature , Jan 3, 2019

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