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Trump’s energy guy talked a green game but now sells Big Oil priorities

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🗞️ Driving the news: Doug Burgum, the Republican governor of North Dakota, has become a prominent advocate for oil in Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, bridging the former president with oil billionaires

🔭 The context: Governor Burgum has promoted a policy mix that appears environmentally progressive, such as his goal for North Dakota to be carbon neutral by 2030
• However, his policies ultimately favor oil, gas, and coal industries, which have backed his political endeavors

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Despite promoting carbon neutrality, Burgum’s policies sustain and enhance fossil fuel dependency, potentially undermining broader efforts to combat climate change

⏭️ What's next: Burgum’s alignment with Trump and the oil industry suggests future U.S. energy policies under a Trump administration might heavily favor fossil fuels over renewable energy sources

💬 One quote: “It’s a tale of two Dougs,” said Dustin Gawrylow, a conservative political commentator in North Dakota

📈 One stat: The proposed pipeline project could remove up to 18 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, equivalent to taking nearly four million cars off the road

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