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Trump speech

#EndorseThis: Colbert Parses That Bizarre Trump Speech In North Dakota

For off-the-cuff gaffes, casual insults to the audience, and every category of cringe-worthy idiocy, any Donald Trump speech is hard to match. Consider his remarks in North Dakota, annotated and commentated here by a certain Stephen Colbert. He was supposed to talk about tax reform, but he went off script. You’ve never really shuddered until […]

September 7, 2017
DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline

New North Dakota Governor Expects Controversial Pipeline To Be Built

Burgum told Reuters that approval of the pipeline appeared to be a foregone conclusion once Donald Trump moved into the White House. “I expect the world’s going to change dramatically on that day relative to finding resolution on this issue,” Burgum said in an interview.

January 13, 2017
Dakota pipeline protesters evicted

Pipeline Protesters Told To Leave North Dakota Camp By December 5

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it was closing the camp partly to protect the general public from violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement that have occurred in the area.

November 26, 2016
Cannon Ball Saga: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police

The Cannon Ball Saga: An Epic Story From The American Heartland

There is an epic clash of two cultures — one with a guiding ethic of harmony between people and nature, the other driven by an ethos that encourages the exploitation of both. Yet, for months, our clueless media gave this match-up little coverage

October 26, 2016
Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation,

Dozens Of Protesters Arrested At North Dakota Pipeline Demonstration

More than 80 protesters were arrested on Saturday after clashing with police near a pipeline construction site in North Dakota.

October 23, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline protestors

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Tale Of Two Pipes

A dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural power symbolized by the Native American pipe against the bruising financial power of a giant pipeline.

October 20, 2016
Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone XL Builder Tries A Delay Tactic Of Its Own As Obama Nears A Decision

The company that hopes to build the Keystone XL pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast asked the Obama administration Monday to delay its review of the proposal — a striking turn that adds further uncertainty to a project that has generated bitter debate since it was proposed seven years ago.

November 3, 2015

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015

Farming Moves North With the Temperatures

This is no endorsement of climate change — let’s make that clear — but rising temperatures are breathing new life into northern agriculture.

April 14, 2015
Energy, Oil, Fracking, Drilling, Economy, Tax Breaks, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Frac Sand Industry Feels The Effects Of Low Oil Prices, Less Drilling

While the frac sand industry has slowed due to cheap oil, American frac companies hope to expand due to tax breaks.

April 10, 2015

North Dakota To Decide Whether To Put Oil Revenue Into Conservation

North Dakota has accumulated a surplus of profits from its oil industry, but now voters must decide what to do with all that extra money.

October 28, 2014

Fighting To Keep The Oil Boom Out Of North Dakota Park

By Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, N.D. — From the vista where Valerie Naylor stands, the scenery is undeniably spectacular: Sculpted hills with layers of beige sandstone and ribbons of gray coal, pockets of cottonwood trees and junipers rustling, the serpentine Little Missouri River shimmering below. Most visitors who come to […]

August 25, 2014

Oil Drilling In North Dakota Raises Concerns About Radioactive Waste

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau ARNEGARD, N.D. — Every weekday, about a dozen large garbage trucks peel away from the oil boom that has spread through western North Dakota to bump along a gravel road to the McKenzie County landfill. The trucks drive up to a scale flanked by something seldom found in rural […]

July 28, 2014

An American Banking Revolution Awaits

Vermonters aren’t like the rest of us: They live in a small state with a flinty history and a legendary suspicion of outsiders. That independent streak gained luster when 15 Vermont towns voted earlier this year to reinforce this independent tradition by approving a proposal to create a state bank. The Vermont Economic Development Authority would get a […]

May 23, 2014

South Dakota’s Gay Marriage Ban Challenged; North Dakota Stands Alone

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times As South Dakota’s gay-marriage ban was challenged in court Thursday, North Dakota became the only state with such a law that has not faced a lawsuit. Six South Dakota couples filed suit in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, challenging a 1996 law passed by the Legislature and […]

May 23, 2014

Judge: North Dakota’s Ban On Abortions After Six Weeks Is Unconstitutional

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times North Dakota’s law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, striking down what critics had called the nation’s most extreme limit on the procedure. The law, which was approved last year but never took effect, made it a crime for a woman to […]

April 17, 2014

Pact Reached To Keep North Dakota’s Only Abortion Clinic Open

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times North Dakota and its only abortion clinic have resolved part of their dispute over the state’s new abortion law, meaning the facility will remain open. At issue was the requirement that physicians performing abortions have hospital privileges. The state and clinic agreed that doctors at the Red River Women’s […]

March 14, 2014

Evacuation In North Dakota Town After Fiery Oil-Train Explosion

Chicago (AFP) – A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in North Dakota Monday, causing an explosion that sent a massive plume of toxic smoke skyward and forced the evacuation of part of a small town. The accident took place near Casselton, in Cass county, and no injuries were immediately reported, Valley News Live […]

December 31, 2013