Monday, October 12, 2015

Only John Oliver Can Make North Dakota Mad

North Dakota: home to a dangerous, loosely-policed oil industry that the state government attracted by being so darn friendly (to businesses). Taxes are low and regulation is “reasonable” (basically nonexistent)—what a state.

In the latest previous week last night, John Oliver went over the repeated spills and explosions in the state that’s second only to Texas in oil production, and how shockingly little it cost the companies responsible. Letting them settle for just 10 percent of an already absurdly low fine does seem pretty dang friendly, but that’s the North Dakota way.




John Oliver entreats North Dakotans to “get angry,” after seeing this episode. If they don’t, everyone else will.

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