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North Dakota sues federal govt over canceled oil and gas leasing

By Laila Kearney and Andrea Ricci Photo: Jessica Lutz , Reuters
 North Dakota is suing the U.S. government on claims the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management illegally canceled oil and gas lease auctions in the state.

North Dakota, Using Taxpayer Funds, Bailed Out Oil and Gas Companies by Plugging Abandoned Wells

By Nicholas Kusnetz Photo: Daryl Peterson
When North Dakota directed more than $66 million in federal pandemic relief funds to clean up old oil and gas wells last year, it seemed like the type of program everyone could get behind. The…

Severe Drought, Worsened by Climate Change, Ravages the American West

By Henry Fountain Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP
Heat and shifting weather patterns have intensified wildfires and sharply reduced water supplies across the Southwest, the Pacific Coast and North Dakota.

As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

By Nathaniel Scharping Photo: John Moore / Getty Images
Growing up in rural Iowa in the 1990s, Isaac Larsen remembers a unique herald of springtime. The snowbanks piled along roads, once white or gray, would turn black. The culprit was windblown dust, stirred from…

Gov. Doug Burgum calls for North Dakota to be carbon neutral by 2030

By Adam Willis Photo: Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
Speaking to oil industry operators and executives, Gov. Doug Burgum announced a goal Wednesday, May 12, to get North Dakota to carbon neutrality by 2030 while retaining the core position of its fossil fuel industries.…

Federal Gov’t calls on N.D. lignite to answer domestic supply shortage of critical minerals

By Josh Meny
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $1.5 million to the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) to support the production of rare earth elements and critical minerals vital to the…

North Dakota lawmakers throw lifelines to the coal industry

By Adam Willis Photo: Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Preserving North Dakota's declining coal industry was a priority mission for state lawmakers when they arrived in Bismarck on Jan. 5, and in the months since, the Legislature has taken historic steps to slash taxes…

Global warming perceptions by state: Most Americans accept human fault

By Dante Chinni
The post Global warming perceptions by state: Most Americans accept human fault appeared first on Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

North Dakota governor approves fund for cleaner energy projects

By Adam Willis Photo: Jeremy Turley
The creation of a fund overseen by a newly formed Clean Sustainable Energy Authority is part of broader efforts by North Dakota officials to respond to shifting political and financial winds that have put the…

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

By Matthew Brown
Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the…