Bullock, Northern Plains criticize Trump decision to leave Paris accord – Great Falls Tribune, June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

Categories: Agriculture, Clean Energy, Climate change, Coal, Congress, Fossil Fuels, News, Northern Plains Resource Council, Oil and gas

HELENA —  In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock and others criticized President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the United States from participation in the Paris Agreement.

Steve Charter

“Ask any Montana farmer, rancher, hunter, angler or skier – climate change is real and poses a threat to our economy and our way of life,” Bullock said in a news release. “To not acknowledge that or deal with it in a responsible way is short-sighted and dangerous. In Montana, and in America, we face our challenges head-on and work together to find solutions. We do not run away from them or pretend they don’t exist.”

The Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council also released a statement critical of the decision.

“Montanans are in a war against climate change. We have experienced increasingly massive wildfires and our productive agricultural lands have run short on water,” said Steve Charter, a Bull Mountains rancher and past chair of the conservation and family agriculture group.

“President Trump’s fear that we cannot meet the challenge of climate change not only puts us in danger, it damages the economy in our state,” he said. “The future of Montana’s energy economy is in renewable sources, and we now risk being left behind.”


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