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Contact Washington Regulators

This petition is now closed.

End date: Feb 02, 2016

Signatures collected: 245

245 signatures

Deadline February 1, 6:00 PM MDT

Montana is at a major crossroads in tackling climate change. We can continue to rely upon an old, expensive, and dirty coal-fired power plant, or we can plan for the inevitable transition to a clean energy future. The largest owner of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), is currently planning its energy future. Washington state regulators must approve this plan. PSE’s plan is a critical step in thoughtfully transitioning Montana and Washington to a clean energy future. We need you to contact Washington regulators today, and ask that they only approve a plan that prepares for a transition from coal to cleaner energy sources.

PSE has repeatedly failed to plan for a transition from the Colstrip plant to clean energy. PSE’s newest 20-year plan is business as usual. With the Colstrip coal plant’s days limited, failing to address a transition from coal to clean energy is shortsighted and irresponsible.

Montana has one of the best wind energy resources in the nation, and now several solar energy projects are being proposed across the state. Wind and solar will provide electricity and good paying jobs – but only if we plan for the transition. It’s also increasingly clear that the Colstrip coal plant is on its last legs. We must plan ahead for Colstrip’s retirement to ensure a smooth and just transition for workers and consumers and to guarantee full and complete reclamation and remediation of the area.

Regulators will be making a decision soon–we need you to act NOW to make your voice heard.

Thank you for taking action!

Congressman Zinke: Support the Clean Power Plan

Contact Congressman Zinke

This petition is now closed.

End date: Dec 02, 2015

Signatures collected: 396

396 signatures

As early as tomorrow, Congressman Ryan Zinke will vote on resolutions that could permanently block the Clean Power Plan. These resolutions are an extreme assault on public health, Montana’s rapidly expanding clean energy economy, and the modernization of our energy sector. It is imperative that you contact Congressman Zinke and ask that he vote against these terrible resolutions.

The Clean Power Plan puts in place commonsense limits on power plant carbon pollution, and requires a plan to be developed with the input of folks from across Montana. It provides the flexibility Montana needs to develop a plan to meet pollution reduction targets and grow our economy.  Blocking these commonsense safeguards puts polluter profits before the health of our children and compromises one of Montana’s fastest-growing sectors: clean energy.

Coal-fired power plants are the country’s single largest source of the pollution fueling climate change, and the Clean Power Plan is the single biggest step we have ever taken to tackle climate change. Montanans are already experiencing the effects of climate change through lower snowpack, less water in our rivers and streams, and longer and more intense fire seasons.

The world’s leading scientists agree that failing to act on climate change will ensure worsening extreme weather events, threaten food supplies and increase public health risks. Please take 1 minute, and ask Congressman Zinke to oppose these resolutions that put the health of our children and families at risk, threaten the quality of our air, and strip the tools Montana needs to address dangerous carbon pollution.

Support a Sustainable Energy Plan for Montana and the Northwest!

JudithGap2The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) has developed a draft energy plan that will guide critical energy decisions and electricity resources, such as wind and solar power, in the states of Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon for the next 20 years.

The draft 7th Power Plan (Plan) is available for public comment until December 18th.  The final plan will be released in February 2016. We need you to contact the Council, and ask that they support a plan that prioritizes efficiency, reduces carbon pollution, and develops our clean energy resources!

Contact Governor Bullock on the Clean Power Plan

Dirty vs. CleanMontana’s clean energy future is at a crossroads. The EPA’s new Clean Power Plan provides Montana with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for clean air and clean energy. This transition to cleaner electricity will bring the opportunity for thousands of new jobs in Montana.  We need you to contact Governor Bullock TODAY, and ask that he continue to support clean energy and move forward with a Montana-made plan to reduce carbon pollution.


Tell U.S. Rep. Zinke to Protect Montana’s Water

Zinke AlertIn December 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the first-ever nationwide standards regulating the disposal of toxic coal ash waste generated by power plants. While the standards do not go far enough to stop the unsafe disposal of coal ash, they have given new tools to affected communities to hold the dirty coal plants more accountable for their pollution. However, if certain members of Congress have their way, even this modest step forward will be blocked. We need you to take just one minute and contact Montana’s Rep. Ryan Zinke (or your own representative if you don’t live in Montana), and ask that he or she vote against this terrible proposal.

Protect Montana from Fracking

fracking well blackfeet reservation, glacier national parkHydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking – an oil production technique) in Montana threatens our clean air and water, and can reduce our quality of life. The oil and gas industry has successfully fought against even the most modest regulations, and has largely succeeded in blocking them. Shockingly, Montana currently has no “setback” requirements for oil and gas development, meaning that there is no required minimum distance to provide a buffer between an oil or gas well and a home or source of water. The Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (Board) is now considering the adoption of setback requirements for oil and gas development, and we need you to speak up in support today!

Stop Arch from Building the Coal-to-Asia Railroad!

ColinRuggieroPhoto_121414_66572_3_4-EditArch Coal is on the verge of bankruptcy, but it’s not going down without a fight. Arch is pushing very hard to construct the Tongue River Railroad, in a last-ditch effort to protect its profits. The environmental impact statement on the proposed railroad is now available for public review and comment. We need you to speak up TODAY for Montana’s future and the global climate!

Will you speak up for the Smith River?

SmithThis coming Monday, February 16th, the Montana Legislature will hold a hearing on a bill that would help to assure that the Smith River is protected from the proposed Smith River copper mine. SB 218, sponsored by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe of Great Falls, would require that metal mines that are likely to create acid mine drainage post a bond at 150% of the current bonding level. We need you to contact the Senate Natural Resources Committee members, and respectfully request that they support SB 218. <TAKE ACTION NOW>

Support Clean Energy in Montana: Contact Legislators

technicians inspecting solar panel stationWe need you to contact legislators on the House Energy Committee TODAY, and ask that they support clean, renewable energy in Montana. <TAKE ACTION NOW>