Letter: Columnist should visit ND coal mine

Letter: Columnist should visit ND coal mine


After reading his recent opinion piece, I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Omdahl really meant to use the lemming argument? Seriously, while he was writing his article, the total amount of renewables providing energy to the electrical grid was less than 5%. His comments are irresponsible at best. But then I’m left with a few other ideas, like maybe he is stuck in the 1970s with his thoughts? Maybe he hasn’t been to a North Dakota coal mine or power plant for 50 or 60 years? If that’s the case, then I am offering him a chance to meet the Faces of North Dakota Coal. I will personally escort him on a coal mine and power plant tour and introduce him to the thousands of good North Dakotans that are providing him affordable, reliable and clean electricity, and not just 5% of the time either.

Just to be clear, Faces of North Dakota Coal are proud of our relationship with our liquid fossil fuel brethren, but we resist Mr. Omdahl’s terrible idea that our industry should be saved with a payout from the Legacy Fund. We would rather you understand and help our position: “Stop the reckless distribution of taxpayer money to out of state special interest groups with policies like the Production Tax Credit (PTC)! If so, we can compete fairly and all taxpayers will win."

What’s that? You don’t want to meet Main Street business owners in small town North Dakota that makes this state great? You don’t want a coal mine and power plant tour to meet the great Faces of North Dakota Coal? You’re right, you probably can’t admit your column was a poor draft after all. But if you change your mind about that tour, you know where to find me.

Mark Pierce, Beulah

Pierce is founder of the group Faces of North Dakota Coal.


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