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Laura Dronen, Fargo, Published September 22 2012

Letter: Heidi Heitkamp best candidate

Heidi Heitkamp is clearly the best candidate for North Dakota’s Senate seat when it comes to energy policy.

For a long time, in order to alleviate the United States’ reliance on foreign oil, many Republicans have called for more domestic oil drilling; on the other hand many Democrats have asked for more alternative energy sources. Heitkamp wants to find middle ground on this issue.

North Dakota has a cornucopia of natural resources. Heitkamp encourages more production in the Bakken, which will help relieve our dependence on foreign oil and aid in creating and retaining jobs in North Dakota. At the same time, by diversifying and investing in renewable energy, Heitkamp’s plan bolsters the North Dakota economy even more.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration ranked North Dakota as sixth in the United States in wind energy potential and installed capacity in 2009. Through wind energy, Texas, Kansas and North Dakota alone could power the nation.

We should not let our abundant resource potential go to waste, and Heitkamp will ensure that we do not. Heitkamp’s leadership is desperately needed in the Senate to provide the sound, balanced voice that North Dakotans value.