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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE bill – Missoulian, March 8, 2017

In order to better serve building owners and to provide lots of jobs in energy efficiency, High Plains Architects urges the Montana Legislature to pass PACE-enabling legislation, Senate Bill 330. Many of us are aware that energy-efficiency is one of the best investments available, as the utility savings can be far greater than the cost […]

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Press release: Zinke confirmation puts coal industry in control of Interior Department – March 1, 2017

As Congressman, Ryan Zinke pushed dead-end coal export proposals despite unprecedented local, tribal opposition By Power Past Coal SEATTLE – Today’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke to head President Trump’s Department of the Interior puts one of the most outspoken advocates of coal export proposals in control of 500 million acres of public land, including coal […]



Press release: Northern Plains says Pruitt wrong choice to lead EPA, Feb. 17, 2017

By Northern Plains Resource Council In response to today’s United States Senate vote to approve the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to run the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Plains Resource Council has the following statement: “Today, the Senate made the wrong choice for Montanans as well as Americans,” said Kate French, Chair of Northern […]


Letter: Tell senators to stop methane waste – Billings Gazette, Feb. 17, 2017

Congress is moving closer to repealing the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule; the final vote will take place in the Senate sometime in the coming weeks. Here’s why repealing the Methane Waste Rule (via the Congressional Review Act) is irresponsible governing, and just plain wasteful. Currently, oil and gas companies throw away about […]



Letter: Natural gas waste bad for health – Billings Gazette, Feb. 11, 2017

It’s a little-known problem, but one with a big impact. Every year, $330 million dollars’ worth of natural gas is wasted into the atmosphere and turns into pollution. How? Natural gas gets flared, vented or leaked out into our air. Flaring and venting exposes Montanans — particularly babies and developing young brains—to the health risks […]

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Letter: PACE would help Montana businesses – Billings Gazette, Feb. 7, 2017

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a program that will save businesses money and create local jobs in Montana, without costing our government a dime. It needs to be enabled by the Montana legislature and has already passed in 33 states across the country (including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Texas.) I am a small-business owner […]

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Letter: Give neighbors notice before drilling – Billings Gazette, Feb. 5, 2017

I thank the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation for passing a drilling notification rule in December 2016. After almost two years of debate over notification, the board approved a rule requiring owners of occupied structures within 1,320 feet of a new gas or oil well to be notified of new drilling operations before […]


Bill to kill Obama coal rule divides Tester, Daines – Billings Gazette, Feb. 4, 2017

By Tom Lutey One of Barack Obama’s last executive orders concerning coal divided Montana’s U.S. senators as a bipartisan group of the lawmakers voted this week to kill the former president’s “stream protection rule.” Four coal state Democrats joined Republicans in scrapping former President Obama’s rule, which Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called “devastating to Montana’s […]