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New regulations: Coal industry, critics differ on cost to Montana consumers

MissoulianHELENA – In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules mean big price increases for electricity consumers in Montana and elsewhere. <READ MORE>

Cost of compromise

Missoula IndependentOn Dec. 3, Rep. Steve Daines stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh in a joint press conference announcing the attachment of a sweeping and, as the trio dubbed it, “historic” package of public lands bills to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. <READ MORE>

Front protection bill also ‘releases’ areas from wilderness study

Great Falls TribuneThe Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, now calls for removing land in northeastern and southeastern Montana from wilderness consideration. <READ MORE>

Montana energy interests, environmentalists, officials weigh in on EPA carbon rules

MissoulianHELENA – Montana energy interests, environmentalists and others this week weighed in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants, raising scores of questions about the rules’ workability. <READ MORE>

Montana senators vote for Keystone pipeline

Great Falls TribuneU.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana voted for the Keystone XL pipeline bill that was defeated Tuesday after failing to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary for approval.

Both are Democrats. <READ MORE>

How the ALEC tech exodus ties to Montana

Missoula IndependentThe 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>

Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs

MissoulianBILLINGS, 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>

Report: Montana A Major CO2 Emitter

MPRMontana’s coal-fired power plants emit as much carbon dioxide as Mongolia, a country of almost 3 million people. That’s according to a new study from Environment Montana’s Research and Policy Center. <READ MORE>

The Dirty Secret of Electric Cars

the strangerSay you’re a software developer holding down a six-figure salary at Microsoft in Redmond. You read the news; maybe you even heard World Meteorological Organization secretary-general Michel Jarraud on TV saying “we’re running out of time” to deal with global warming, ahead of next week’s climate summit in New York. <READ MORE>

Montana lawmakers give energy standard green light

Great Falls TribuneMontana should keep requiring utilities to procure 15 percent of their power from renewable sources such as wind by 2015 — no more or no less — members of an interim committee of the Legislature decided Monday. <READ MORE>