Archive: August, 2012

Letter: Tongue River at risk – Billings Outpost, Aug. 23, 2012

August 24, 2012
http://www.billingsnews.com/index.php/letters-to-the-editor/3769-tongue-river-at-risk I recently read an opinion editorial by union representatives printed in several papers across the state. It is interesting that the focus of this opinion is that their jobs are more important than the agricultural jobs that now support many of the hardworking Montanans who live in the Tongue River and Otter Creek valleys. The Tongue River is a pristine untouched valley. The agriculture production here is comparable to production in the San Joaquin Valley in California. That will all...
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Letter: Walker ought to check facts on coal, economy – Billings Gazette, Aug. 22, 2012

August 23, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/mailbag/walker-ought-to-check-facts-on-coal-economy/article_e6517142-c953-5bbc-9efd-487513ef02fd.html According to Sen. Ed Walker (Aug. 17 guest opinion), we’ve been invaded by a troop of “out-of-state” environmentalists who are trying to stop expanded production and export (to China) of Montana coal. The result, Walker claims, will be to turn down a “huge” economic opportunity that can have a “transformative effect” on the state’s economy. It would be, Walker says, “like tearing up a jackpot lottery ticket.” Walker is apparently deeply impressed by the contention that the proposed Otter Creek...
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Guest opinion: Soot standard would improve our air, save lives – Billings Gazette, August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-soot-standard-would-improve-our-air-save-lives/article_acb8e181-b965-59df-8e12-71a70538850e.html By Kim Davitt Most of us don’t need to look far to find someone we know and love who has lung disease. Perhaps it’s a grandmother with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or a child with asthma. For all of these people, particle pollution makes breathing even more difficult. On days when air is bad, those with COPD may need supplemental oxygen. People with asthma may need to take extra medicine and stay indoors. Poor air quality days can send those with...
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Editorial: Train impact study worthy of discussion by Bozeman officials – Bozeman Chronicle, Aug. 9, 2012

August 13, 2012
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/editorials/article_e9068780-e31e-11e1-ab2f-001a4bcf887a.html Bozeman city commissioners may have been a bit too hasty when they opted out of getting involved in a study to determine the effects of increased coal train traffic on cities between eastern Montana coal fields and the West Coast. The issue failed to earn a place on a City Commission meeting agenda when the issue didn’t muster the support of the mayor or at least three of the five commissioners. As a result, the commission will not even vote...
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Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival is Sept. 14 – press release

August 10, 2012
7 p.m. (free bonus film at 5 p.m.) Friday, Sept.14 Petro Theater, MSU-Billings $10 at door; $8 advance; children 10 and younger free Advance ticket outlets: The Base Camp, 1730 Grand Avenue Barjon’s Books, 223 N. 29th St. Northern Plains Resource Council, 220 S. 27th Street. 15 short films, door prizes. For information, call (406) 248-1154 or email briana@northernplains.org By Northern Plains Resource Council The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is returning to Billings on Friday, Sept. 14. The festival highlights 15 short films that are beautiful in their settings...
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Letter: Coal industry giving contradictory messages – Helena Independent Record, August 9, 2012

August 9, 2012
http://helenair.com/news/opinion/readers_alley/coal-industry-giving-contradictory-messages/article_92b05d1c-e1ec-11e1-b81d-001a4bcf887a.html The coal industry is making an all-out push to convince the public that coal is good for us. It’s a whitewash. Coal is poisoning our planet and destroying our atmosphere, points the pro-coal opinion pieces always seem to forget. What’s funny about the pro-coal media blitz, though, is that the coal boosters can’t keep their stories straight. A July 25 opinion piece titled Coal Is Good for Montana talked about the alleged value to Montana and America of the proposed...
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Guest opinion: The conversion of a climate-change skeptic – New York Times, July 28, 2012

August 1, 2012
Note: Northern Plains Resource Council Resolution 2007-2 states that climate change is: “driven by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities and can be slowed and somewhat limited by appropriate human activities.” Bold-face emphasis in article is ours. By Richard A. Muller BERKELEY, Calif. – Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen...
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