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Perry Miller, Published October 10 2010

Crabtree has right approach

As a business owner and investor, utility costs always factor into my investment decisions. North Dakota is very fortunate to have an incredible wealth of natural resources in coal, oil, gas and wind. Unfortunately, we currently do not have the leadership necessary to take full and responsible advantage of these resources.

Despite the wealth of investment opportunities here in our own state, Kevin Cramer and other Public Service Commission members spent $14 million on Big Stone 2, a power plant in South Dakota that was never built. It’s time to invest in new and better technologies to enhance our energy resources.

Brad Crabtree, Cramer’s up-and-coming challenger in this year’s election, has a proven track record of making quality decisions for North Dakotans. As policy director of the non-partisan Great Plains Institute, Crabtree has worked to craft consensus between utilities, government, consumers and environmental groups to achieve common-sense solutions to energy issues.

Crabtree is the guy North Dakota needs for this job, not Cramer, who arrogantly blames government for each of his mistakes, despite the fact that he’s held a government job for the past 16 years. It’s time for an unbiased, nonpartisan voice on the PSC. Listen to Crabtree’s message, and I think you’ll agree.