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Fox News' Hannity brings pep to ND oil conference

BISMARCK - Fox News personality Sean Hannity provided a break from talk about enhanced oil recovery and well spacing Thursday morning at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference with a scathing attack on liberals and government.


Hannity spoke from the Bismarck Civic Center on the final day of the conference, which brought about 4,500 people to the center for the Bakken’s biggest industry event of the year. About 300 people came just for Hannity’s speech, said Tessa Sandstrom, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Petroleum Council, the group behind the conference.

If there was any doubt left that a good majority of the industry is made of right-leaning employees, it was put to rest with the applause and agreement Hannity saw to frequent jabs at Obama and liberals.

Hannity spoke little of the industry in general, providing more of a pep rally for the companies present.

“On behalf of a grateful nation I am very, very honored to be here because what you are doing, energy, is the lifeblood of America’s economy,” Hannity said to applause. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it, and what you have been able to show this country is nothing short of a miracle.”