Will President Obama take the hint from North Dakota’s energy boom during his visit?

posted at 7:11 pm on June 13, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama journeyed to North Dakota on Friday where, for the first time during his entire presidency, he visited an American Indian reservation to “tout the strides his administration has made with Native Americans, unveil new education and economic measures aimed at Native Americans, and speak of the difficult work that remains to pull many tribal members out of crippling poverty and endemic unemployment.” Indeed. For the number of ways in which the federal government blithely engenders the conditions that keep many Indian reservations in states of crippling poverty, I recommend this handy piece from PERC’s Shawn Regan at Forbes, but while President Obama happened to be in North Dakota this afternoon anyway, why wouldn’t he finally take the opportunity to at least momentarily draw the nation’s attention to the state’s uniquely productive energy boom and economic prosperity? Via the Bismarck Tribune:

Is the president skipping what some call the North Dakota economic miracle because the solutions aren’t coming out of Washington? Or is it because the president’s Environmental Protection Agency just issued a costly new set of rules for all U.S. electricity providers that could adversely impact North Dakota’s energy costs and continued economic prosperity?

We’d argue that the president should view North Dakota’s economy and energy landscape as a model for other states to emulate, with an incredibly low unemployment rate of 2.6 percent; high-paying jobs; low-cost, affordable energy (some of the least expensive in the nation); and clean air. Indeed, North Dakota’s energy abundance and diversity is one reason Gallup named it the happiest state in the nation.

Small businesses play an important role in the state’s energy landscape — from manufacturing parts and supplies for the energy sector to building homes and providing needed services for workers attracted by new created high-wage jobs.

North Dakota’s affordable, ample energy supply also frees these businesses from the burden of high energy costs, enabling them to grow and employ even more people. In turn, small businesses can pass their savings down to consumers, helping families live better, more affordable lives and bolstering the local economies of the communities they call home.

The geopolitical implications of allowing America’s energy boom to expand are just the gravy.


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No.

NotCoach on June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

hellz no

DanMan on June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“Under my leadership energy prices will necessarily skyrocket”

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Nope. He wants a dark America.

A dark, electricity free America means you douches get no news. If you get no news, you have no opinion and don’t care what he does. Then he will do ALL that he pleases.

As planned.

Diluculo on June 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Will President Obama take the hint from North Dakota’s energy boom during his visit?

That presupposes the fact that one, he’s competent and qualified to lead and two, he and his fellow travelers don’t have a nefarious agenda to begin with.

Judge_Dredd on June 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

He should be grateful to the shale boom, this incompetent azz…as it is pretty clear now that he f…ed up Iraq and the whole MENA, without the domestic oil production the price at the pump would be going through the roof right now…it still can, despite the fact that OPEC rallied..I mean watch the next few days, depending whether we intervene (or not) in Iraq, as in air strikes…

jimver on June 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I suggest he put on a Yankee uniform ca 1876 and take a long walk through the Black Hills…

vnvet on June 13, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Since when does the flight to Palm Springs have a layover in North Dakota?

Lance Corvette on June 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I predict all Indian nations will break out into civil war after his visit. I hope Lurch does not get involved.

Exninja on June 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Hey, on behalf of the Native Americans ™ I demand that those funny-dressed people in the photo stop doing that silly dancing and wierd dressing thing. It’s demeaning to, you know… Native Americans. Wait… what?

bofh on June 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Inconsistent use of “Obama” and “take a hint”. He doesn’t do hints.

Axeman on June 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Will President Obama take the hint from North Dakota’s energy boom during his visit?

Nix, nein, no way, nyet, non, not feckin’ even…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I don’t think they should have let him in. If he finds out how thriving the state is he’ll either try to destroy it or nationalize its industries.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Great White Chief come from far away to smoke peace pipe.

davidk on June 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Nix, nein, no way, nyet, non, not feckin’ even…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

As in the back nein… ;)

Judge_Dredd on June 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM

President Obama journeyed to North Dakota on Friday where, for the first time during his entire presidency, he visited an American Indian reservation to “tout the strides his administration has made with Native Americans, unveil new education and economic measures aimed at Native Americans, and speak of the difficult work that remains to pull many tribal members out of crippling poverty and endemic unemployment.”

When Native Americans find oil under their reservations, they will gladly invite the frackers in, but want the EPA to stay out. The frackers, not the Feds, can pull the Native Americans out of poverty and unemployment.

Steve Z on June 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

O/T Raul Labrador will be on Levin in a minute or two.

bluefox on June 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Um, hundreds of Americans are trapped in Iraq and Dear Leader is galavanting around the country, yammering about total baloney?

CAN I QUESTION YOUR PATRIOTISM NOW?!

Tard on June 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

NO!

Just use the Obama test. If it is good for the USA he will stop it. If it is bad for the USA he will work hard for it.

The man is actively working to hurt 99.99% of all Americans.

jukin3 on June 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Obama paid no attention two years ago when he visited Carlsbad, N.M. to specifically do an energy photo-op in front of a drilling rig, and was told by local residents to get the Bureau of Land Management to speed up the permitting process for new drill sites of federal lands. New Mexico drilling permits in their share of the Permian Basin still lag the permits being issued on private or state-owned lands across the border in Texas, so a trip to North Dakota isn’t going to have Obama’s mind on anything helping the oil industry (and if he had any thought of a bigger oil industry, it would be to somehow nationalize the oil on federal or Native American lands and send the profits directly to the government, a la what Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela).

jon1979 on June 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The stupid piece worthless piece of crap should be banished to an Indian bingo casino

TexasJew on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Seems to be unanimous … “NO.”

The last thing a Luddite like Obama wants is for the United States to develop cheap, plentiful American energy sources.

BD57 on June 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Great White Chief come from far away to smoke peace pipe.

davidk on June 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Yeah, but he’s gonna do that at a stopover in Colorado.

Oldnuke on June 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Hey, that picture on the homepage being used as art for this story — do you see how those warriors in the headdresses are dancing around him in a circle?

I wanna know: Is he tied to the chair?

If he is, I don’t think the show’s going to end well.

In a bunch of politically incorrect Westerns I’ve seen from the 1930s thru 1950s (before federal edict made it illegal to view such fare), when the warriors start dancing in a circle around a skinny, tenderfoot twerp from the East who’s all duded-up in a city-slicker suit, it usually means the scriptwriters intend to write that guy out by the second act.

Life imitates art?

FlameWarrior on June 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM

They only way King Barack would point to North Dakota’s prosperity is if he could claim credit for it.

Surprised he didn’t. After all, FACTS are what the King says they are.

GarandFan on June 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I’d be more concerned obama would use his trip to find ideas on how to shut down the new oil business.

lel2007 on June 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Obama’s giant head is impervious to facts and reality.

Socratease on June 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

…scalp him!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

The only reason he’s even visiting there is to scheme a way to shut them all down and tax them to death in the process.

Meople on June 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Chances are about the same as the Fed’s squashed short term rates.

J.B. Say on June 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Looks like Oblahblah is attending Elizabeth Warrens family reunion.

Make sure you try the Pow Wow Chow!

trs on June 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM

No, because, oceans, children, etc. (Liberal lies, redux)

Or “no” because Cloward-Piven effectively requires a complete breakdown of society.

ProfShadow on June 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Didja ever notice that wherever this walking enigma goes he’s out of place? Cultural or tradition celebrations, no matter where in the world, are lost on him. Here he sits, staring at a traditional Native American dance, but it has no significance to him. He’s a foreign entity, with no ties to any culture, no matter where he goes.

He’s like an old episode of Outer Limits, he doesn’t seem to belong anywhere on this planet.

AppraisHer on June 14, 2014 at 3:05 AM

No he won’t take the hint. Obama is a blockheaded sob arshole.

Yes, he has reduced me to xx¥@!? expletive-rich speech.

Sherman1864 on June 14, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Sure. Just like he saw the light about the drought in California.

NavyMustang on June 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

That picture looks like a tacit endorsement of Fauxcahontis for prez.

Fallon on June 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

He’s there for ideas of how he can screw it up…

Hening on June 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I have been wondering if Native Americans have been working in the energy fields up yonder.
Anyone know ???

pambi on June 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

It would be better if they don’t allow the media to write about the oil boom there. What he doesn’t know can’t hurt them.

Kissmygrits on June 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM