Press release: Montana rancher to testify at EPA air pollution hearing in Denver, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

Categories: Climate change, Coal, Congress, News

By Northern Plains Resource Council

Mark Fix, a Tongue River rancher and Past Chair of Northern Plains, is traveling to Denver to testify at the EPA regional hearing on air carbon rules that would reduce carbon air pollution 30% by 2030. Fix also is a member of the Northern Plains Coal Task Force.

Fix will speak Tuesday morning about the need to address climate change in order to protect agriculture in Montana.

“Climate change alters the weather, and those of us in agriculture have to deal with the weather every day. The weather can make or break us,” said Fix. “If we want agriculture as we know it to continue to thrive, it is an economic and cultural imperative to deal with climate change.”

Fix was talking about recent extreme weather events in southeastern Montana, from tornadoes and storms to the 1.1 million acre wildfires that ravaged the area in 2012. These events cost ranchers miles of fence, hundreds of livestock, and even some homes were lost.

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