1. North Dakota's oil prosperity is spreading statewide to cities on the far eastern edge of the state like Grand Forks
that are 300 miles away from the Bakken oil region in the far western part of the state. Oil prosperity may also start to spreading across state lines into Montana
. (h/t BakkenBlog on Twitter
3. Houston Chronicle
- "The fight for hearts and minds when it comes to climate change has moved to a new battleground: your television set. Climate change activists have launched a campaign, dubbed Forecast the Facts
, that outs television meteorologists who are "deniers" of mainstream climate change science."
4. Brian Wesbury report that the weakest part of Friday's GDP report was government purchases. "Excluding government, real GDP grew at a robust 4.5% annual rate in Q4 and was up 2.6% for 2011 as a whole."
5. Bloomberg profiles oil wildcatter Harold Hamm,
the biggest winner in the biggest American oil find (Bakken region of western North Dakota) since Prudhoe Bay.
-- President Obama leaves event promoting clean energy in a motorcade of 22 fossil-fueled vehicles.