Category: Newspaper editorial

Editorial: Time Montana realized coal’s limitations – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Feb. 4, 2016

February 4, 2016
Recent federal regulatory actions aimed at decreasing the amount of carbon emitted from coal-fired power plants have many in the coal industry and around the nation decrying what they call a “war on coal.” But truth be told, there are larger, inexorable forces at work in the coal industry. Obama administration carbon reduction mandates have sent energy producers in search of cleaner fuels. And harshly criticized federal leases that demand mere pennies for taxpayer owned coal has prompted the feds to...
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Editorial: Coal leasing moratorium is an opportunity – Casper Star-Tribune, Feb. 3, 2016

February 3, 2016
It’s time for reform. The federal government is correct to take a closer look at its coal leasing process to address climate change and ensure taxpayers are receiving all the benefits they should. Under the recently announced moratorium, the Interior Department will have three years to assess the impact of coal production from federal leases on climate, wildlife and water. The feds also plan to come up with an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions that result from energy production on federal...
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Prairie Lights: Hoping for the restoration of King Coal – Last Best News, Jan. 24, 2016

January 29, 2016
Ed Kemmick Last Best News Jan. 24, 2016 This job-killing, fossil-fuel-hating editorial would have us believe that the long reign of King Coal is coming to an end at last. More astounding still is that it asks us to believe that market forces are primarily responsible for the decline of coal, not Barack Obama, commander in chief of the War on Coal. It’s time for supporters of coal to stop pussy-footing around. We should not have to apologize for defending the magnificent black...
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Billings Gazette editorial: Montana can’t stake its future on coal – Jan. 21, 2016

January 21, 2016
Billings Gazette Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected that U.S. coal-fired power generation will continue to decline and be offset by an increase from renewable sources. Coal is projected to decrease from 34 percent of generation in 2015 to 33 percent in 2017. China’s economy is growing more slowly than at any time in the past two decades. More than 190 nations have agreed that public policy must limit carbon dioxide emissions in efforts to slow climate change. Much...
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Gazette opinion: Tongue River Railroad takes its toll – Billings Gazette, Sept. 21, 2015

September 21, 2015
Mark Fix and Clint McRae were much younger men when they first started fighting construction of a railroad that would condemn a swath of their farm and ranch land in southeastern Montana. It’s been an uphill battle for 30 years for these irrigators and their neighbors who don’t want a railroad bisecting their ranches in the Tongue River Valley. The federal government is once again processing a Tongue River Railroad proposal. This time, a company formed by Arch Coal, of St....
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Billings Gazette editorial: What’s in your food? An anti-labeling bill by another name – July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-what-s-in-your-food-an-anti-labeling/article_8aca7f4a-b0e7-52b4-abb3-24ec4d9643fd.html “Zinke votes to strengthen food labeling laws,” U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s press release proclaimed on July 23, the day he voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). In fact, Montana’s lone U.S. House member, voted for a bill that would nullify genetically modified organism labeling laws in three states and pre-empt future efforts by any state to require that food containing GMOs be so labeled. In fact, Zinke cosponsored and supported legislation that would prevent Americans...
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial: Local officials need to plan for oil train danger – July 26, 2015

July 28, 2015
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/editorials/local-officials-need-to-plan-for-oil-train-danger/article_8882802d-0e6c-5634-a80f-2bfaa8d413e8.html It’s been an interesting summer on the energy front, with worldwide production spiking and seasonal gas prices uncharacteristically low. But there’s one facet of the industry that remains particularly troubling: derailments of oil-laden trains in transit from the Bakken formation in northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota. These derailments/spills/explosions have been happening with troubling frequency, the latest earlier this month right here in Montana when 20 cars of an oil-bearing train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, spilling some 35,000 gallons...
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Gazette opinion: Zinke pushes quietly to take money away from taxpayers – July 6, 2015

July 7, 2015
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-zinke-pushes-quietly-to-take-money-away-from/article_58ddee77-40af-53fc-88b2-97fb070dafc8.html Gazette Editorial Board In a quiet procedural move, Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has tried to keep a loophole open that will rob Montanans (and all citizens) of money that’s rightfully theirs. The issue is how coal royalties are paid. That’s money coal companies owe the government for extracting coal on federal land — land owned by all of us. Currently, a loophole allows large coal companies to mine coal and then sell it to their own subsidiaries at a lesser...
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Gazette opinion: Landowners deserve protection before drilling starts – Billings Gazette, Jan. 30, 2015

January 30, 2015
http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-landowners-deserve-protection-before-drilling-starts/article_b7510117-129d-596d-b762-39fd98a7e332.html Most Montanans support responsible energy development, valuing clean air, water and land as well as the oil and gas that powers our travel and heats our homes. Where we often disagree is on the definition of “development done right.” This week, the Senate Natural Resources Committee heard three bills that attempt to define doing development right on a level that considers the neighbors. - Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Billings, would require oil and gas developers to pay...
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Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters – Billings Gazette, Nov. 6, 2014

November 6, 2014
NOTE: Northern Plains Resource Council staff and volunteers over the last two months conducted an intensive door canvass in Billings in opposition to LR-126, knocking on more than 21,000 doors and having more than 8,000 conversations about the measure. http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion/gazette-opinion-statewide-victory-for-montana-voters/article_cf98ddd6-7e1a-574f-ad4b-c5643b572936.html On Tuesday, 441 Yellowstone County residents registered and voted in the General Election, according to preliminary data. Thanks to overwhelming support from voters across Montana, Election Day registration will remain an option for all of us. A GOP lawmakers’ attempt to eliminate...
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