Global Bridges of Berlin, Germany visits North Dakota
Global Bridges Delegate
Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) speaking to Global Bridges Delegation
Visiting Europeans say they're running out of energy -- and space. They're looking to North Dakota for answers.
Members of the group, Global Bridges, make it their business to seek solutions to issues of global importance. At the forefront is energy on the one hand, and environmental impact on the other.
"We don't have enough energy. The days of the coal energy are over in Germany. Eventually, the days of the nuclear power plants are over," says Michael Fleissner of Stuttgart, Germany.
"I have to understand whether it's environmental friendly, because obviously, that's going to be a major debate, and it already is in Europe. I mean, the population density in Europe is different," says Francesco Galietti of Rome, Italy.
Germany, while nearly double the size of North Dakota, has more than 100 times the people -- 82 million compared to North Dakota's more than 800,000. For them, energy is clearly a global issue -- one in which the U.S., thanks in large part to North Dakota, is playing an increasingly important role.
"For years, the United States has been a, has been at the mercy of others in terms of price of energy. Today, we have the opportunity, and certainly in the future, to be the price trendsetter, as opposed to price taker," notes Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND).
The group is particularly excited to visit a North Dakota fracking site, which they'll get to do tomorrow. They note fracking is extremely controversial in Europe, but something they say needs to be considered.
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