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Steffanie Boeckel and Kristi Klein, Published October 29 2010

Serious concerns about Crabtree

The lignite industry is important to our part of the state. More than 4,000 jobs at the mines and plants are here, but the industry affects the entire state because of the tens of millions of dollars paid to the state treasury through taxes. Also, many of the vendors who provide goods and services to the mines and plants are located throughout the state.

When Brad Crabtree announced his candidacy for Public Service Commission in February, he told the Bismarck Tribune that he supports cap and trade.

Cap and trade would devastate the lignite industry in North Dakota, and more importantly, it would hurt the U.S. economy.

The real energy leader in the PSC race is current Commissioner Kevin Cramer. As a member of the PSC, Cramer holds the portfolio for mine reclamation. North Dakota is second to none in reclaiming mined lands to productive use.

It’s important that North Dakota has both reliable as well as renewable electricity sources. We think Cramer is the better choice for the North Dakota Public Service Commission.


Boeckel is executive director of the Beulah (N.D.) Chamber of Commerce; Klein is executive director of the Hazen (N.D.) Chamber of Commerce.