American COVID-19 Deaths Would Wipe Out Fargo, ND

Over 255,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 this year. That is approximately the size of Fargo, ND, the 193rd largest city in the United States, which is a staggering comparison. Coincidentally, North Dakota is currently one of America’s hardest-hit states based on confirmed cases per 100,000 people, at 2.0.

The Fargo metropolitan statistical area includes several small towns near Fargo, and others just across the state border into Minnesota. The other cities in the MSA are Moorhead, MN, West Fargo, ND, and Dilworth, MN. The MSA is among the fastest-growing in America. The population has more than doubled since 1970.

The demographics of the Fargo MSA look almost nothing like those of the overall United States. Over 93% of the population is White. The largest group by ancestry is German at 43% and Norwegian at 36%.

The number of lives that continue to be taken in America means that the comparison to city populations will eventually include places much larger than Fargo. Experts believe that total COVID-19 deaths in America could reach 400,000 by mid-March. That is about the size of the Peoria IL MSA.

Yesterday, America added 156,292 confirmed cases which took the total to 12,172,488. Deaths rose 1,362 to 259,476.

Among the states, the one with the most confirmed cases in Texas at 1,164,130. Deaths in Texas stand at 21,004. California ranks second in confirmed cases at 1,109,844. The fatal case count is 18,709. Florida is third at 931,827 confirmed cases. The fatal case count is 18,152. Illinois ranks next at 647,474 confirmed cases and fatal ones of 11,967.

New York ranks next in confirmed cases at 595,581. It holds the lead in fatal cases at 33,737. The disease burned through the state, and particularly New York City in late March through April. Most of the deaths happened during that period.

Among nations, India ranks second to the U.S. with 9,097,507 confirmed cases and 133,282. Medical experts in the nation believe that number is much too low. The spread of the disease is hard to measure because of India’s huge densely populated cities and its far-flung urban areas.

The U.S. numbers will remain ahead of all the other nations. The figures are already too high for another country to match it, and they are growing too fast.

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US would look different without fracking for natural gas, energy secretary says

Energy secretary explains what the US would look like without fracking

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says eliminating 19 million jobs in the energy industry during a pandemic would be ‘devastating’ while discussing Joe Biden’s fracking stance.

U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette warned on Wednesday that banning fracking could lead to the elimination of 19 million jobs in the energy industry, which would be “devastating,” especially during a pandemic.

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Speaking on “Mornings with Maria” from Pennsylvania, Brouillette pointed out that the U.S. is now energy independent and no longer “dependent upon the Middle East for the provision of crude oil or gas.”

“We can do things we couldn’t do just 10 or 15 years ago,” Brouillette told host Maria Bartiromo. “And as we exit this pandemic and as we think about what goes on here, the elimination of 19 million jobs in this industry, during a pandemic would be devastating.”

Brouillette was referencing information he said he got from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which said that if fracking was eliminated, the country “would lose approximately 19 million jobs.” 

He went on to note that “when we think about the common things that we see and we do every day, all those plexiglass things that you see on people’s desks, guess what they’re made out of? They’re made out of fossil fuels, they’re made out of petrochemicals that come from this particular industry.”

“So when you say you want to end that industry, what you’re saying is, you want to end those products as well and that’s what’s missing in this overall debate down in Washington, D.C.,” Brouillette said.

During last week’s presidential debate, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he plans to “transition” away from the oil industry because “the oil industry pollutes significantly.”


Speaking at a campaign event on Monday Biden said, “Let me make it clear. I’m not shutting down oil fields. I’m not eliminating fracking. I’m investing in clean energy.”

In three separate local news interviews in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Biden stressed that he will not completely ban fracking, but would only ban fracking on federal land.

However, during a 2019 Democratic primary debate, Biden was asked whether there would be "any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?"

"No," Biden responded. "We would — we would work it out. We would make sure it's eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel."

On Wednesday, Bartiromo pointed to a Wall Street Journal report published on Tuesday that said, according to senior administration officials, President Trump is considering issuing an executive order mandating an economic analysis of fracking. The study would reportedly look at the consequences on the economy if the practice was banned. 


Brouillette told Bartiromo he “won’t comment” specifically on the executive order “because they’re still in the process of developing it, but what we want to do is study the impact of this technology on the U.S. economy.”

“This is the technology that produced the largest increase in our natural gas production and oil production all across the world,” Brouillette said, adding that the U.S. is “now the largest producer of oil and gas in the world.”

“We’re larger than Saudi Arabia, we’re larger than Russia and much of that production is coming from places like Pennsylvania where I am now,” he continued. “So what we want to do is understand the exact economic impact, if we took that away.”

He added that “there are policymakers in D.C. who want to eliminate not only this technology but the entire fossil fuel industry.”

Brouillette went on to say that “when they say things like that, when they say they want to eliminate oil, when they say they want to eliminate gas, a word to the wise, believe them.”


“They almost did it with coal during the last three to four years,” he continued. “The industry is on its heels if you will and we’re bringing it back very strongly.”

“But these are very real policies that they’re considering and it’s important for people to consider that,” he stressed.


Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Morgan Phillips and Sam Dorman contributed to this report. 

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