ND Wants Minn. Lawmakers To Repeal Carbon Regulations

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will be monitoring the Minnesota Legislature to see what happens with a law some believe threatens North Dakota coal-fired electricity exports.

The 2007 law will make it more expensive for Minnesota utilities to buy electricity from power sources that generate carbon dioxide, starting in 2012.

North Dakota officials say that’s an unconstitutional restriction on business between states. North Dakota has been poised for months to sue Minnesota.

Stenehjem tells The Forum newspaper he wants to see if a realignment of the Minnesota Legislature results in the law being repealed. Minnesota Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead says he thinks that’s possible, with both chambers of the Legislature soon to be controlled by Republicans.

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  • greenone

    Just because Minnesota is looking forward and trying to control the amount of pollution that energy production creates it should be questioned. I do not think so. North Dakota should find another way to bankroll its operation.

  • Kyle

    This is typical big business. Is anybody suprised? I certainly am not. How about selling your coal elsewhere? These are the type of people that don’t care at the environment, don’t believe in global warming, and are in the pockets of lobbyists.

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