Category: Northern Plains Resource Council

Gazette opinion: How Billings saves with energy conservation – Billings Gazette, Aug. 9, 2016

August 11, 2016
Billings students learn about energy conservation by studying in some of the most energy-efficient classrooms in Montana. In the month of May, the last full month of the school year, the Billings district saved $53,223 on energy bills. The actual bills totaled $185,142 — about 20 percent less than what would have been spent on the same number of days with the same temperature, but none of the conservation measures the district has employed for the past several years. Scott Reiter,...
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Billings Gazette opinion: Look at U.S. costs of free trade pacts – April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Vietnam this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which President Obama has made a centerpiece of his effort to expand U.S. influence in the Pacific Rim. According to the USDA, within eight years the TPP would eliminate Vietnamese tariffs on beef that now run as high as 35 percent. The U.S. exported $32.3 million in beef to Vietnam last year. On wheat, TPP also would end Vietnamese tariffs of up to 35 percent...
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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
By Ed Kemmick If any proof were needed that the Billings Gazette is utterly and completely out of touch with its readers, just read this unsigned editorial from a few days ago. The headline, I’m afraid, says it all: “Montana can’t stake its future on coal.” 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...
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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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