The 2015 legislative session will be here soon, and the Montana Futures Raffle is the main source of funding for MEIC’s lobbying efforts.!
Water and food. They’re interrelated, of course. A lot of our problems start with the use of petroleum-based chemicals on our food, and those get washed into the water supply. If we get our food system right, that will solve a lot of issues.
MEIC offers guidance to grassroots organizations. They understand the politics of the issues and do a good job of explaining it in their publications, which offer a course of action.
We need to protect our agricultural lands. Once land is developed for houses, you never get it back.
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By Anne Hedges
Okay, winning might be a stretch – there is no winning with climate change. But the biggest battle-front today involves convincing people, and thereby politicians, that the threat of climate change is real and solutions are necessary and affordable. The clean energy shift will snowball when we can overcome the hurdles thrown up by climate deniers and morally corrupt fossil fuel tycoons (in fact that snowball effect is already happening despite them…but I digress).
So how is industry saying we’re winning? An industry front group conducted a poll that says so. The group, Partnership for a Better Energy Future, is made up of 175 organizations whose names contain words like “coal,” “chamber,” “lignite,” “petroleum,” and “mining.” Shockingly their Montana poll results show Montanans care about climate change.
The American Legislative Exchange Council lost another corporate member last week. Less than a month after Microsoft said it would be terminating its membership with the state-policy-based nonprofit, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt announced his company would also be abandoning ALEC. <READ MORE>
PPL earned $1.1 billion in profits in 2013, and can afford to clean up its toxic air pollution. It just doesn’t want to spend the money to clean up its act. PPL just asked the State to give it another year before it has to control its toxic air pollution because it doesn’t want to spend the money. Tell DEQ to say NO to this appalling corporate handout!
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration’s goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state’s emissions. <READ MORE>