North Dakota’s energy economy, along with agriculture, forms the backbone of our state’s economy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, North Dakota is the number two state for crude oil production and possesses the “single largest deposit of lignite [coal] in the world.”
The industry supports tens of thousands of jobs both directly in the extraction and production of raw energy materials – oil and coal – and in the ancillary jobs that supply the needs of the businesses and workers.
Renewable energy is also a large part of North Dakota’s energy economy. With our near constant wind, we are the number five producer of wind energy and wind-powered electricity is the second largest electricity source after coal. The Garrison Dam on the Missouri River is our state’s only hydro-electric plant, and it produces roughly 5 percent of our electricity needs. The state also produces 490 million gallons of ethanol per year and 85 million gallons of biodiesel, both in the top ten among the states.
Harnessing North Dakota’s abundant natural resources has led to widespread prosperity through good-paying jobs, low unemployment and rising wages.
Congressman Armstrong is an advocate for all of North Dakota’s energy producers in Congress. He’s fighting for pro-growth policies that will help North Dakota’s energy economy continue to prosper for years to come.
Please click here for more information about North Dakota's energy industry from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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This op-ed ran in The Washington Times's ENERGY 2019 Special Section on September 10, 2019. Click here to read it on The Times' site.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong released the following statement regarding Sandia National Laboratories’ study that found Bakken crude has comparable physical, chemical and combustion characteristics as crude from the Permian Basin and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Sandia study bolsters the delegation’s efforts to overturn a Washington State law requiring crude oil unloaded in the state to meet a 9 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), which would effectively block the Pacific Northwest as a destination for Bakken crude oil.
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Congressmen Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio), this week led a bicameral letter urging the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to preempt the recently-passed Washington State crude-by-rail law, which requires crude oil unloaded in the state to meet a 9 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), starting in 2020, and will effectively block the Pacific Northwest as a destination for Bakken crude oil.
Note: This op-ed from Congressman Armstrong ran in newspaper outlets throughout North Dakota between April 20 and April 26.
By Congressman Kelly Armstrong
April 13 marked my 100th day as North Dakota’s congressman. This milestone offers an opportunity to look back at what has been accomplished so far for North Dakota and the American people.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong led a delegation of members of Congress to visit North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields Monday. Members toured multiple operations, from drilling to gas production in Watford City, and learned about how technology has transformed the oil and gas industry. The trip was organized as part of Armstrong’s role as a member of the House Energy Action Team, or HEAT, which is a group of conservative lawmakers who support the development, deployment, and efficient use of all-of-the-above energy resources.
WASHINGTON – The North Dakota Congressional delegation issued the following statement on North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests:
“We support the Attorney General because the Army Corps allowed the protest on its land, and our state was forced to pay for law enforcement and public safety costs.”
WASHINGTON – The North Dakota Congressional delegation issued the following statement on North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem petitioning the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to overturn Washington State’s law imposing oil restrictions:
“We support Attorney General Stenehjem for petitioning the federal government to preempt this law, and we stand with our state in their efforts. Washington’s law lacks scientific basis and represents a de-facto ban on Bakken crude oil. We urge the Department of Transportation to hear North Dakota’s petition and to act quickly.”
WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program today to discuss the week's votes in the House of Representatives, the fate of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and more. Watch his appearance below:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong, Congressman Rob Bishop and Congressman Collin Peterson introduced a bipartisan bill today to improve and modernize the federal infrastructure permitting process, which will help create jobs in North Dakota, Utah, Minnesota and across the country. The Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act builds upon permitting reforms that were included in Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) that was signed into law in 2015.
WASHINGTON - Twenty-eight Republican governors, including North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, sent U.S. congressional leaders today a letter urging passage of the United States-Mexic-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The text of the letter is below and the original copy can be found by clicking here.
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer,