A day in Washington, D.C., isn’t a typical day for Gary Drost, but it’s something he’s familiar with and knows is necessary as a cooperative leader.
Drost represents Basin Electric’s District 2, L & O Power Cooperative, and serves as secretary/treasurer on the cooperative’s board of directors. He also serves on several Basin Electric subsidiary boards.Drost made a mid-September trip to Washington, D.C., with other cooperative colleagues to visit legislators and attend the annual Fall Fly-In reception for congressional staffers, which is coordinated by Basin Electric.
Major topics of discussion during the visits included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rules for Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which addresses greenhouse gas standards for existing fossil fuel-based power plants, and lingering rail coal transport issues.
“The rural electric program was born in politics and will survive or die in politics,” Drost says.