The Montana Climate Action Project is a collaboration of partners in Montana working to find solutions, create opportunities and empower people around the issue of climate change. Our goal is to provide Montana citizens with the information and tools they need to understand climate change and make personal changes that will have a positive effect on the climate change crisis.
Legislature 2009: Panel kills bill narrowing appeals
By Mike Dennison, Missoulian State Bureau, 3/12/09
HELENA - A House panel has killed one of the session's major bills that would narrow environmental appeals of development projects, but another such measure is still alive - and likely headed for passage.
The bill that bit the dust in the House Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications Committee is Senate Bill 387, sponsored by Sen. Keith Bales, R-Otter.
Rep. Harry Klock, R-Harlowton, joined the panel's seven Democrats in voting 8-6 to table, or kill, SB387.
Klock said Wednesday that he likes the bill, but it was obvious that Democrats on the evenly split committee weren't going to support it, so he saw no need to keep discussing it.
Industry supports CO2 bill
By Mike Dennison, Gazette State Bureau, 3/6/09
HELENA - Industry and natural-resource lobbyists lined up Thursday behind a Republican senator's bill to set the stage for underground storage of carbon dioxide in Montana, calling it the best way to approach the contentious subject.
Sen. Keith Bales, R-Otter, the sponsor of Senate Bill 498, said he's still skeptical about global warming and whether carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing it.
But it's clear that a majority of Congress and President Barack Obama believe that CO2 emissions must be curbed, so Montana, as an energy-rich state, should prepare itself for storing CO2 underground, he said.
UM students off to Washington to lobby for climate change, clean energy action
MISSOULA - Fourteen students from the University of Montana be in Washingotn, D.C. Feb. 27 to March 2 to participate in Power Shift ’09.
The event will mass 10,000 young people in the nation’s capitol to deliver a message to elected officials to encourage bold, comprehensive and immediate federal action on climate change and clean energy.
Addressing climate change can reduce energy costs, create green jobs in Montana
BUTTE, Mont. — The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is releasing a new climate change publication that highlights ways Montana consumers can address climate change while reducing energy costs and creating green jobs.
The publication, titled Changing climate, Changing future, is a guide to climate change in Montana and smart ways we all can act now to preserve our state for tomorrow’s generation.
Changing climate, Changing future details the work of the Montana Climate Change Advisory Committee, a group established by Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2005 to study the effects of climate change in Montana and develop recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, are a major cause of climate change.
Changing climate, Changing future features dozens of resources to help Montanans reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. From ways to slash home heating bills to ideas for squeezing the most out of a gallon of gas, the resources will also help Montanans save money by using less energy.
In 2007, the Climate Change Advisory Committee produced a 450-page report with 54 recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Montana. Changing climate, Changing future provides a sampling of these recommendations, along with several success stories of Montanans already acting to reduce their own emissions.
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Download the full Advisory Committee Report