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Diego Rivas
Energy efficiency advocate
Motivating Issue

Energy efficiency and conservation. This is not a “left” or “right” issue. It benefits everyone.

Why I Belong To MEIC

MEIC’s stand against coal, and its role in climate change. They take an uncompromised stance, and someone has to do it.

What I Want To Pass On

I hope we see the light on putting some restraint on what we do. We shouldn’t do things just because we can. We need to change that mindset.

Member since 2009
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All Things Are Connected: Montana’s Terrible Air Quality, Canadian Fires, and Climate Change

By Anne Hedges

Scanned by: Retouched by: DT-MAQC'd by: DT-MALooking out my window I am troubled that Helena’s normally lovely blue skies resemble pea soup and the light filtering through the haze casts an eerie pall. It’s even more troubling that the air in China is even worse. It seems unconscionable that coal companies want to dig up Montana so they can make money selling coal to China where it will be burned, forcing people there to live with choking air quality that is even worse that what we are experiencing in Montana this week. The out-of-sight out-of-mind nature of that proposal is morally indefensible.

Why does Helena’s air resemble China’s on a good day? It might be hard to believe, but over 1,000 miles away, “tornadoes of fire” in Canada’s Northwest Territories are sending up smoke plumes so huge that they are being carried far south to the not-so-big-sky-state.

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Posted on July 18th, 2014

DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Billings GazetteProposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state. <READ MORE>

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

MissoulianA state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. <READ MORE>

Posted on June 27th, 2014

Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed

InsideEnergy-LOGO-290x165A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains — far fewer in number – pass through populated regions farther south. <READ MORE>


Posted on June 26th, 2014