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November 4, 2014

Coal Conversion Counties holds annual meeting

By Chris Erickson

Local leaders heard from coal and oil industry representatives last week during the annual meeting of Coal Conversion Counties.
Jason Bohrer, CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, spoke to the assembled city and county leaders first, touching on federal energy policy and other topics. He noted that there was a lot of work to be done with federal energy policy, although U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp had each proposed bills worked to help regional energy interests and research and development.
Bohrer briefly touched on climate change politics, noting that there had been a lot done by industry in the U.S. to capture certain emissions and make plants more efficient.
“When you look at the challenges we face in our industry, they’ve multiplied in the past couple of years,” he said. “That’s a consequence of a Congress that has not been able to agree on how to pass an energy policy that works. In the absence of their action, the administrative branch seized the leadership on it.”
According to Bohrer, the leadership was being taken by the Environmental Protection Agency, and while environmental protection was good to have it shouldn’t come above all else.

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