Letter: Global events support the need for wind and solar energy
Anderson writes, "We now clearly see how geopolitics can raise the price and limit access to fossil fuels. But no foreign power can dim the sun or still the wind. Solar and wind are key components of national energy security."
Reacting to Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, President Biden rallied NATO nations to rapidly levy sanctions that are already severely impacting Russia’s economy. But to maintain the pressure and wean Europe from Soviet oil and gas, the U.S. must be an “arsenal of democracy” in supporting Europe’s energy needs. The war and favorable energy prices now demand that North Dakota’s energy industry patriotically and profitably resume full production.
Increased prices and profits are great news for the industry, but North Dakota’s failure to pave the way for renewables has immense negative impacts on consumers. While oil-rich Texas led the nation in renewable energy projects last year, North Dakota leaders allow township officials to block a major solar installation south of Fargo. They sit by while counties enact moratoria on wind farms. North Dakota must no longer ignore its other abundant - and less expensive - sources of energy: wind and sun.
We now clearly see how geopolitics can raise the price and limit access to fossil fuels. But no foreign power can dim the sun or still the wind. Solar and wind are key components of national energy security.
Gov. Burgum has boldly set a goal of net zero by 2030, fueled by major state investments in carbon capture and sequestration research. And American taxpayers will handsomely compensate North Dakota (via 45Q tax credits) once this technology becomes a reality.
But the reality of wind and solar is now. North Dakota can protect our energy security while also protecting the pocketbooks of America’s consumers. And, along the way, reduce greenhouse gas emissions that threaten America’s future.
The choice is not between fossil fuels and renewable energy. North Dakota’s leaders must assure that we do both.
Bruce Anderson is a former Fargo resident living in St. Cloud, Minn.
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