Category: Clean Energy

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

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. “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 […]

Press release: Montana group condemns Trump’s pulling U.S. out of Paris climate accord – June 1, 2017

MP3 audio recording of Steve Charter By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont — President Donald Trump today announced he has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Under the 2015 accord, the United States had pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution by about 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. For the […]

Legislative Scorecard: Northern Plains rates Montana lawmakers on key issues – May 31, 2017

Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture group based in Montana, has released its Legislative Scorecard. The publication rates legislators on key issues important to Northern Plains members, such as protecting our family agriculture, clean water, and access to clean energy. “In the 2017 Montana Legislature, members of Northern Plains Resource Council came […]

Legislative Scorecard: Knudsen fried our bacon, Governor saved it

The 65th Montana Legislature is in the books and we all survived. The tragic comedy that is the Montana Legislature was filled with highs, lows, embarrassments, and downright awkward moments. Once again, Northern Plains and our members worked tirelessly to defeat the detrimental and irrational policies that were brought forward by a segment of our […]

BLM methane rule protects human and livestock health

Note: The U.S. Senate failed 49-51 on May 10 to rescind the BLM methane waste rule using the Congressional Review Act. This guest editorial appeared in the May 8, 2017, Billings Gazette. The U.S. Senate has been considering rolling back the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule — key protections that limit […]

Kentucky coal company to build the state’s largest solar farm – Think Progress, April 19, 2017

The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners By Natasha Geiling A Kentucky coal company announced April 18 that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring both jobs and energy to the area. Berkeley Energy Group, the coal company […]


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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE – Missoulian, April 9, 2017

It’s not often that we see bills in the legislature that help homeowners and businesses, generate jobs, and support our economy but cost nothing to the taxpayer. But Senate Bill 330 does just that, allowing property owners to invest in clean energy. Known as Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE), this bill will boost investment in […]


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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum switches to solar power – Washington Post, April 6, 2017

By Travis Andrews Housed in a former commissary building and tucked into the hollers of Harlan County — the heart of Kentucky mining country — is a museum dedicated to all aspects of extracting coal from the state’s mountains. Mining equipment decorates its walls, while a two-ton block of coal at the front door greets visitors. Children can […]


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Conservation group: Keystone XL pipeline a threat to Montana’s water – Public News Service, March 31, 2017

By Eric Tegethoff GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, which conservation groups around the […]

Press statement – Trump climate order is a bad deal for Western communities, March 28, 2017

By Western Organization of Resource Councils Leaders of Western family agriculture and conservation groups reacted to today’s Executive Order from the White House that seeks to roll back the Clean Power Plan and other policies to address climate change, the pause on federal coal leasing, and standards that prevent oil and gas drillers from wasting […]