In the premiere of Decarbonize the World, Frank’s first guest is Heidi Heitkamp, the former U.S. Senator from North Dakota. Heidi is currently heading up The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Task Force. In part one, Heidi discusses her collaboration with Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss and how she reaches across the aisle to work with climate change deniers.
About Heidi Heitkamp: U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp served as the first female senator elected from North Dakota from 2013 – 2019.
During her six years in the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp quickly became a proven senator who worked across the aisle to fight for North Dakotans. She personally showed that if senators work together, it can lead to real solutions. Throughout her time in the Senate, Heidi prioritized improving the lives of Indigenous people and working families, stopping human trafficking; guaranteeing affordable health care; addressing childhood trauma; eliminating unnecessary regulation; and securing an energy policy that keeps cost low but achieves climate goals. Providing equal economic opportunity to Rural America continues to be her lifelong pursuit.
Heitkamp previously served as North Dakota’s Attorney General, and elected state Tax Commissioner. She serves on numerous boards including The McCain Institute, The Howard Buffett Foundation, Restore Democracy Initiative and The German Marshall Fund. She is the founder and Chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America. She serves as a contributor to both CNBC and ABC News.