Entries by Mike Williams

Give ND a Boost With Electric Charges

ND produces a lot of oil and electricity. We pump the oil, export it to refining states (along with a lot of the profits) then import it back as gasoline and products. The going rate for a gallon of gas here is $2.20 today. The gallon equivalent cost of .75 cents for charging an electric […]

ND Mercurial Economy Needs a Sustainable Boost

Just a few years ago North Dakota had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. Today we have the slowest according to this report in 24/7 Wall Street. Overdependence on traditional energy sources and industries contributed to this first to worst scenario. It’s why it’s so important to diversify our energy portfolio in […]

Let’s Help See the Whole Picture of Impact of New Americans to Our Area

Verifiable information and tax records that have been available to the city for months show Commissioner Piepkorn’s assertion’s on a radio program yesterday about Lutheran Social Services are simply not true.  Commissioner Piepkorn was on air saying the following without any verifiable information provided. His on air assertions include: 1. Jessica Thomasson CEO of Lutheran Social Services makes […]

Driverless Cars a Boon or Bane for Cities?

Automobiles really are becoming more automatic. Technology for driverless autos is accelerating at Moores Law rates as are advances in battery technology for more cost effective electric powered cars and buses. This wave is coming, let’s be ready to ride it! However, advances in vehicle technology will be largely wasted if we don’t plan now for […]

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

Automobiles really are becoming more automatic. Technology for driverless autos is evolving at Moores Law rates as are advances in battery technology for more cost effective electric powered cars and buses. This wave is coming, let’s be ready to ride it! However, advances in vehicle technology will be largely wasted if we don’t plan now for […]

Some ND Senators Try to Stop the Wind

One of the things North Dakota is known for is wind, another is energy. Incredibly some ND Senators want to stop wind energy development in the state for 2 years. Perhaps they do not realize that due to increased efficiency and technology, electricity from wind turbines is now less expensive than coal and compliments abundant and cleaner […]