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PRESS RELEASE: Northern Plains Resource Council responds to Governor Bullock’s climate plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019

HELENA, Mont. – Today, Governor Steve Bullock announced an agenda for the state of Montana to address climate change during a “Facebook Live Town Hall” streamed on the social media platform. Becky Mitchell, the chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, responded to the Governor’s proposal with the following statement on behalf of the grassroots conservation and family agriculture organization:

“We commend Governor Bullock for laying out an ambitious plan for Montana to address climate change, and we hope for opportunities to help him implement a meaningful agenda. We need bold action with concrete plans to address the enormity of this challenge. This climate crisis also presents opportunities as we realize a clean energy future. We can stimulate innovation, create jobs, and increase economic activity by developing wind and solar projects as well as upgrading the energy efficiency of homes and businesses across the state.

“Montana’s coal communities will be affected as we make the necessary transition to new energy sources, and this plan must not leave them behind. We can build a bridge to the future in coal country with long-term, industrial cleanup jobs that employ existing workers to repair polluted groundwater left behind by energy corporations. Montana’s clean climate future can create good-paying jobs that provide safe, clean groundwater.”