And the winner for the most economic growth among the states in 2012, is…

posted at 1:21 pm on June 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

For the third year running, that would be none other than the prosperous and bustling North Dakota, via CNN Money:

Propelled by a massive energy boom, North Dakota once again captured the title of the nation’s hottest economy, with a growth rate five times the national average.

North Dakota’s economy posted a 13.4% growth rate in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s nearly three times as fast as the number two state, Texas, and trounces the national average of 2.5%.

This is the third year in a row that North Dakota took the top spot in BEA’s state-by-state report on gross domestic product (GDP). The muscle behind the boom is a surge in oil production from the Bakken Shale, an underground rock formation in the northwestern part of the state. …

The boom has attracted workers from all over the country and rippled out to incorporate not only the oil and gas drilling sectors but also other industries that supply them, including wholesale goods and transportation. …

As I bemoaned yesterday, the White House is declining to put out signals that they would be at all on board with revising the pathetic excuse for a 5-year drilling plan of which we’re currently in the midst; groups in both the House and Senate have been mounting a recent push to initiate a new plan for offshore drilling that would allow energy companies access in the currently restricted Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and Interior Secretary Jewell pretty much shot it down. The Obama administration will hem and haw all day long about how America’s oil-and-gas production has actually increased during President Obama’s tenure and they’re really, sincerely all about an “all of the above” energy strategy, except that most of the increases in production has come from state and private lands. Every drilling permit application that the Obama administration declines or neglects to approve is an opportunity foregone for economic growth the likes of which North Dakota is still going gangbusters.

Granted, North Dakota is a bit of a special case with the Bakken Shale formation, but there are plenty of opportunities out there from which Americans are being disallowed access. The WSJ reported yesterday that Americans are coming kinda’-sorta’ close to rebuilding the level of wealth we had just before the recession — which in and of itself is pretty pathetic. It’s a marker of the now lost time during which we could have been growing at a much more robust and new wealth- and job-creating rate, if not for the many economically soul-crushing policies and practices of the Obama administration.


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For the third year running, that would be none other than the prosperous and bustling North Dakota

White House response? Oh frack!

Happy Nomad on June 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Here in Texas, there’s a disturbing amount of Perry-bashing.

The guy’s not perfect, but if we had elected a Democrat, I keep telling people all we would have is a Perry blamer with lots of focus group tested excuses for why the economy was lousy.

NoDonkey on June 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Well, well, well.

grahampowell on June 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Economic growth and control of the individual by government are contraindicated. That is why this administration is choking all efforts at a recovery.

LincolntheHun on June 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

It’s a marker of the now lost time during which we could have been growing at a much more robust and new wealth- and job-creating rate, if not for the many economically soul-crushing policies and practices of the Obama administration.

Having only 43% of Americans working full time at regular employment isn’t soul crushing to Fascists…It’s the MO.

Keep as many citizens possible dependent for daily sustenance on the State.

workingclass artist on June 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Here in Texas, there’s a disturbing amount of Perry-bashing.

The guy’s not perfect, but if we had elected a Democrat, I keep telling people all we would have is a Perry blamer with lots of focus group tested excuses for why the economy was lousy.

NoDonkey on June 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Perry Bashing and Legislative sessions go hand in hand.

workingclass artist on June 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

IRS! Quick!

We have to tax that state more to subsidize the green program. Tesla stock may fall.

Moreover, the State Department has an incident coming with a close ally.

While the French are going nuts trying to stamp out any success, this dang oil revenue is making us look too good.

And go audit those troublemakers, at once!

Get an ad campaign showing that our government had nothing to do with the disgusting activity. Call a news conference in the Rose garden.

IlikedAUH2O on June 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Luddites who castigate the religous for unscientific thought. Irony thicker than a $50 deli sandwich.

abobo on June 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Damn, I’d have bet an ObamaPhone it was Guam….

one of those “other” states, that has NOT tipped over yet.

ToddPA on June 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Stupid teabillies! They shop at Walmart and live in trailers because they’re stooooopid. What do they know about economics???

/troll

CurtZHP on June 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I hear it’s great there. Like the moon, but with grass.

DarkCurrent on June 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Propelled by a massive energy boom

THAT Obama will NEVER allow across the nation.

IMPEACH HIM you gutless cowards in the gop.

PappyD61 on June 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

We can’t have a state making the others look bad.

Instead of other states looking to emulate the practices that created the success in North Dakota the Feds will try to tear down North Dakota out of “fairness”

Ditkaca on June 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Death and taxes..

Those oil guys give people headaches.

If only the government could somehow control all business and workers.

We could tie the businesses up with book length questions..an agency to look at everything they do to produce or ship goods… but the people are another problem.

The people.

What could we control that is expensive and life or death for almost everyone…death and taxes comes to mind …we have the IRS but they just suck up money…and killing the peasants is soooo sloppy…and they have those dang guns. Sigh.

If only we could get records like phone calls, credit card statements, medical records, medical care of loved ones…

Eureka! that is it! We get the medical industry and hold the whole bunch hostage!

IlikedAUH2O on June 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

We can’t have a state making the others look bad.

Instead of other states looking to emulate the practices that created the success in North Dakota the Feds will try to tear down North Dakota out of “fairness”

Ditkaca on June 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Just like Californians are ruining or have ruined Colorado and Montana blue staters will ruin North Dakota.

People from blue states bring their idiotic “values” from their failed states and ruin the states they move to.

tetriskid on June 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

And the loser? Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/fed-index-ranks-wisconsin-49th-in-economic-outlook-b9927135z1-210333771.html

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Obama’s War on Prosperity.

Grunt on June 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

White House strategy: flood the Sate with Mexicans.

pat on June 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

And the loser? Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/fed-index-ranks-wisconsin-49th-in-economic-outlook-b9927135z1-210333771.html

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yes, but he keeps on fighting the anti-industry buttheaded Baldwin voters like yourself. And we stand by him as he does so. And moron, please explain for the rest of us, just how you generate new wealth -not redistribute that which is extent- without the exploitation of natural resources. And then give us your position on the proposed taconite mine for northern Wisconsin.

M240H on June 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Good for NDakota, just beware the bust that always accompanies the booms.

Defenestratus on June 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

M240H on June 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Ah yes, the Scott Walker slogan “blame the citizens, not me!” Good one.

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Hell, I bet they burn real gasoline in ND.
III

dirtengineer on June 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Kind of avoided the question, didn’t you? Please, explain how you generate new wealth without the exploitation of natural resources. How? Walker and Republicans are trying cut through regulation and tax code that stymied that exploitation. But if you think that keeping up the “closed for business” sign and enforcing the reign of public unions -ala downgrade Illinois- is the way to go … well, please explain.

Snark doesn’t put bread on the table, dumba**.

M240H on June 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

wonder when China will try to buy out north dakota.
and speaking of which why is the US mum on them building a huge alternative to the skinny Panama canal.
maybe for future huge chinese warships to pass thru while denying passage to Americas carriers.
Seems China game of GO continues at breakneck speed.

I hope I am long gone when they decide to flip over all the peaces.

(well maybe that cloud thingy in alabama will help us?)

losarkos on June 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

ya ya pieces, oops.

losarkos on June 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And the loser? Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/fed-index-ranks-wisconsin-49th-in-economic-outlook-b9927135z1-210333771.html

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

From your own article:

Most economists point to the state’s preponderance of manufacturing industries, which face strong foreign competition and have been slow to reinvent themselves.

In other words, unions mucked it up by being greedy and forcing manufacturers to flee overseas. Yet somehow in your feeble attempts to lay blame it’s somehow Walkers fault.

Your lameness is only matched by your ineptitude.

HotAirian on June 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Good for NDakota, just beware the bust that always accompanies the booms.

Defenestratus on June 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Smart person..commodities are really vulnerable.

In other news, national interest rates are rising.

Economy still weak…

IlikedAUH2O on June 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

libfreeordie on June 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

From your own article:

Most economists point to the state’s preponderance of manufacturing industries, which face strong foreign competition and have been slow to reinvent themselves.

In other words, unions mucked it up by being greedy and forcing manufacturers to flee overseas. Yet somehow in your feeble attempts to lay blame it’s somehow Walkers fault.

Your lameness is only matched by your ineptitude.

HotAirian on June 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I wonder what the troll thinks of his dear savior’s home state being downgraded. Well, actually, I don’t wonder. It’d make as little sense as anything else he says.

CurtZHP on June 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Obama’s “Oil Plan” is very simple. NO!

GarandFan on June 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Good for NDakota, just beware the bust that always accompanies the booms.

Defenestratus on June 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I’ll bet you are a lot of fun at parties.

MarkM on June 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I hear it’s great there. Like the moon, but with grass.

DarkCurrent on June 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

You were just ripping on Wisconsin the other day. What’s with people dissing the Midwest & Upper Midwest. They are quite beautiful unless of course you prefer the crowded streets and neon lights of foreign lands. Meh.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wu-GahP3Qls/UO0xwVQmP6I/AAAAAAAAEzc/EjCp0Dt-sAs/s1600/The+Little+Missouri+River+at+the+Little+Missouri+National+Grassland,+North+Dakota+20130108.jpg

http://static6.depositphotos.com/1021870/566/i/950/depositphotos_5667070-Pewits-Nest—Wisconsin-Dells.jpg

Fallon on June 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

HotAirian on June 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

And, the professional leftist protesters are gearing up to fight bringing in mining jobs to an economically depressed part of the state:

A group of 80 to 90 activists is planning a workshop this weekend in northern Wisconsin to learn techniques they could use to fight plans for construction of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

The group plans to meet at a site in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, about an hour north of Wausau, to learn “peaceful resistance techniques” to the proposed mine.

The workshops include “anti-oppressions training,” “direct-action training,” “blockades” and climbing drills.

For example, one organizer, Thistle Pettersen of Madison, said protesters will learn techniques for tree climbing to prevent a mining company from doing advance work at the mine site.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/group-training-on-ways-to-protest-proposed-gogebic-mine-p19v5kc-207644441.html

They are like petulant children but not as innocent.

Fallon on June 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

The boom in North Dakota is not going away. The population growth here in central North Dakota and the western part is unbelievable in just the almost four years we’ve been here.

TXMomof3 on June 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

and speaking of which why is the US mum on them building a huge alternative to the skinny Panama canal.
maybe for future huge chinese warships to pass thru while denying passage to Americas carriers.

losarkos on June 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Well China did surpass the US as the world’s largest trading nation last year, though you wouldn’t have heard about it on HotGas. They clearly have an interest in expanding trade routes.

DarkCurrent on June 8, 2013 at 1:22 AM

You were just ripping on Wisconsin the other day. What’s with people dissing the Midwest & Upper Midwest. They are quite beautiful unless of course you prefer the crowded streets and neon lights of foreign lands. Meh.

Fallon on June 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Meh. I’m from the Pacific Northwest originally. Not impressed.

DarkCurrent on June 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Btw Fallon, my comment the other day was a lame joke aimed at another comment dissing some other regions of the world. I don’t have anything in particular against the midwest, just not my cup of cha ;)

DarkCurrent on June 8, 2013 at 5:21 AM