Politics: North Dakota

North Dakota has been doing extremely well in terms of job growth and security recently; this is not because of some new economic policy, or a concentrated set of motivated thinkers. North Dakota has made its extraordinary economic debut with its environmental resources: by striking the oil boom. The jobs that have been created are generally in the energy industry, since hydraulic fracturing and oil drilling have rapidly exploded across the state. The new focus on these fields has not prompted regulations that are catching up at the same speed, though; energy producers currently produce so much energy that they have to burn off gas they can’t transport. Essentially, the supply of energy is greater than the demand in North Dakota, and government regulation has not caught up to the problem of “flaring,” or burning off excess gas.

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