Gov. Burgum wants to get North Dakota carbon neutral by 2030. It’s a tall task

BISMARCK — In the state whose energy sector has recently registered the second most carbon dioxide emissions per capita, Gov. Doug Burgum’s challenge to get North Dakota to economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2030 landed as a surprise for environmentalists and fossil fuel leaders alike.

And in the two months since the announcement at the state’s largest oil industry conference, both sides have looked for more specifics on what exactly needs to be done to achieve such an ambitious climate milestone in under a decade.