It's Earth Day In America & North Dakota Could Care Less

Earth Day is a relatively new celebration or observation.  It's only been around since April 22nd, 1970, when Americans who were concerned with the environment decided to do something about it, according to Earth

The idea for the very first Earth Day actually came from a Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Gaylord Nelson.  The idea spawned after a massive oil spill that he and many others witnessed in Santa Barbara, California.

2020 was the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day.

Over 1 billion people worldwide participated in Earth Day activities, and Earth Day is now recognized around the world.

However, when it comes to Earth Day, the state of North Dakota hasn't quite bought into it yet.

How could I come to such a conclusion?  Just look at these numbers.  According to a survey from Forbes, the state of North Dakota ranked lowest for solar friendliness, alongside West Virginia, and South Dakota, all having 0% of our energy run by solar (in our defense, there are times when we don't see that yellow ball in the sky for weeks).

We are also energy hogs here in North Dakota.  We rank number 3 on the list for the most energy usage per capita (again, in our defense we sometimes have snow 7 months out of 12 and it's cold).

We were also shamed for our water usage in North Dakota.

Overall, North Dakota is the LEAST environmentally friendly state in the entire country.

The Top 5 worst states are as follows:

#5 Nebraska

#4 Montana

#3 Louisiana

#2 Wyoming

#1 North Dakota

Yep, we like our fossil fuels, and can you blame us, we have a lot of it. Don't get me going on why we're not buying into EVs either.  When it comes down to it, we don't like to be told what to do in North Dakota.

Funny how this article from Forbes is shaming us, yet we have some of the cleanest water and air in the country.  Explain that.

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