Senator John Hoeven today outlined his new legislation, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012 (DEJA), at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks because the cutting-edge research facility exemplifies the kind of all-of-the-above approach to energy development that the nation needs.
"The EERC is actually taking the kind of integrated approach to energy development that the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is designed to foster," Hoeven said. "The nation, like North Dakota, is blessed with an abundance of energy resources and the entrepreneurial talent to develop them for the benefit of our entire country. We need to take the same kind of comprehensive, step-by-step approach that we've used in North Dakota to the national level in order to create jobs, lift up our economy and bolster America's energy security."
DEJA is a wide-ranging package of 13 diverse energy bills, addressing both traditional and renewable development, designed to streamline and simplify regulations, boost domestic energy supplies, build American energy infrastructure, and safeguard America's supply of critical minerals used in modern high-tech manufactured products such as cell phones and computers.
The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota that works to research, develop, and commercialize a broad range of both traditional and renewable energy and environmental technologies and products. Those include clean coal, CO2 sequestration for enhanced oil recovery, hydrogen technologies, renewable fuels for military applications, small-scale gasification of waste and biomass, and energy-efficient technologies. The EERC is also working on other breakthrough energy technologies related to the Bakken, including products like hydraulic fracturing proppants made from North Dakota clays.
EERC Director Dr. Gerald Groenewold said "this legislation falls in line with the EERC's goal of facilitating the use of North Dakota's technology, talent, and resources, which will become major components of achieving energy security in the United States. Senator Hoeven continues to provide wise and effective leadership focused on enhancing the use of our nation's bountiful and diverse energy resources. This legislation is very supportive and complementary to the EERC's diverse technical portfolio."
Hoeven this week led a group of U.S. Senate and House leaders, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in launching a Senate version of the DEJA, a comprehensive package of energy legislation that will not only reduce the high energy costs faced by hard-working families and small businesses, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation across the U.S. economy.
Hoeven said the bicameral initiative embraces a true all-of-the-above approach to energy development that will help drive America's overall economic recovery and enhance the nation's energy security.