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Proud to be part of boom

July 28, 2013

Chris Norgaard, Tioga In 2008, the nation’s economy was stagnant while North Dakota thrived on a strong agricultural economy and a technology base on the east side of the state....

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Aug-01-13 8:42 AM

"Why not reduce the oil imports from the middle east and have them (big oil) sell that to China?"

It's a good question, centerish. How much interest does big oil have in the middle east? Is the middle east already selling to China and China wants/needs more? I don't know these answers.

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Jul-30-13 3:26 PM

Well, I think that the $40 billion in subsidies that is given to Big oil certainly would be some incentive to keep the Bakken here and refine it in the US. Bakken oil is one of the purer crude oils and is easier to refine. You would think that would be a good incentive. Why not reduce the oil imports from the middle east and have them (big oil) sell that to China?

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Jul-30-13 9:38 AM

It's been discussed here before how oil hasn't been staying in the Bakken. It's usually been transported elsewhere, with final destinations not always clear.

Perhaps "big oil" is like other industries that prefer to sell to those willing to pay the highest price? Maybe China?

Our country owes much to China. Perhaps this is one way to keep the wolf away from the door. If US concerns sell oil to China, they put off calling in their debt?

Bigger issue than the standard "big oil is greedy."

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Jul-30-13 12:32 AM

We will never secure our energy supply by exporting it. The recent Canadian train wreck carried ND crude. Google oil imports/exports where a Dept. of Energy site reveals all of our exporting of oil and the refined products from it. We are being sold out by big oil. Their reps on talk radio have said none of our ND oil is exported--yeah right.

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Jul-29-13 4:51 PM

"The Bakken is full of folks who knew a better life was out there, said no to accepting hard times and handouts, and chose the hard work of building businesses and careers, providing for their families, and helping secure our nation's energy supply."

Hear, hear.

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