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Letter: Dayton remarks good news for ND

In mid-July, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton made a comment at a business forum that he wants to “eliminate coal” from the state’s energy mix. While I think discounting an all-of-the-above strategy for energy is foolish, I hope Dayton is successful in his quest.

Let me tell you why. Eliminating coal from Minnesota’s energy mix will cause energy prices to skyrocket, which will have a ripple effect on the goods and services produced in our neighboring state. About 70 percent of the coal-based electricity generated in North Dakota is exported to other states, mostly Minnesota. This low-cost, reliable electricity has allowed industries in this region to compete on a global scale.

If Dayton gets his way, business leaders will be forced to flee Minnesota’s high energy costs and open their doors right here in Fargo.

North Dakota has a business climate that policymakers across the United States envy. We have a highly skilled workforce, low taxes and a roaring economy. North Dakotans also know this is the best place to raise a family. We have it all, and soon, if Dayton is successful, we’ll have Minnesota businesses, too.

Butler is with Butler Machinery.