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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

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Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Best Debate Tweets: Presidential Edition

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Let’s start with the basics. This presidential election this year has heated up to an inferno, and tonight’s debate is only a taste of what we’ll likely see in the next several weeks until election night. Topics like taxes, the national debt, ISIS and gun control were covered, as one candidate tried to edge words in among the other. Most ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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Layoffs: Are they really the answer to your financial woes?

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The energy industry has found itself in a time of financial hardship as oil prices have drastically dropped since the end of 2014. In order to avoid filing bankruptcy, leadership has taken a reactive step to the situation. This style of management speaks to leadership’s strategy, or lack thereof. The oil and gas industry is an industry with a cyclical ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ____ Feb. 10 The Times-Picayune on offshore oil revenue: There are some numbers that everybody concerned about Louisiana’s eroding coast knows offhand. Every 38 minutes, the state loses about a football-field-sized chunk of land. In 2017, the state is scheduled to receive 37.5 percent of the royalties that come from offshore oil and gas exploration ...

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North Dakota “Great Recession” real estate crisis?

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The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner recently reported a $63 million shortfall in anticipated sales tax collections in December of 2015. Sales tax collections have declined by over 50 percent in some oil patch cities. Even with a massive state investment program and projects that were financed prior to the recent decline in oil prices, sales tax revenues still collapsed. Plunging sales ...

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Billowing wake-up call from LA on greenhouse gas

California is viewed as a national model in regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the one state that is actually moving the needle on climate change. That’s true to a point. But there are some gaping vulnerabilities in enforcement, and the massive natural gas leak in suburban Los Angeles underscores how far we have to go on oversight. Southern California Gas Co. ...

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Editorial: Allowing US oil exports is shortsighted

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Having access to oil is critical to the United States. It is, in fact, a matter of national security. Yet, old fashioned greed has clouded judgment as Congress, as part of its budget agreement, is lifting crude oil export restrictions that have effectively banned most sales of U.S. crude oil abroad. The price of crude oil has plummeted around the ...

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U.S. propane stocks hit record despite strong exports: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) are the fastest-growing category of hydrocarbon exports from the United States, with volumes up almost four-fold since 2012. Exports have grown from less than 200,000 barrels per day in 2012 to an average of 743,000 bpd so far in 2015 and ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: Oct. 4 The Monroe (Louisiana) News Star on why competition benefits Louisiana consumers Anyone who doesn’t believe competition doesn’t benefit consumers should go grocery shopping in Ouachita Parish. Grocery prices have dropped 6 percent since Brookshire Grocery Co., Mac’s Fresh Market and Wal-Mart began a building spree 18 months ago, according to the Council for ...

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