Steve Daines joins the carbon reduction bandwagon! Wait a minute…

No sooner did we get the exciting news from Paris about the international climate agreement than my good friend Steve Daines sent me an invitation to attend the third annual Montana Energy Conference in Billings on March 30-31. According to Senator Daines, it’s an opportunity to “continue the discussion on state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential.”

Steve Daines

Steve Daines

I was really excited to see that our junior Senator has jumped on the bandwagon to transition Montana’s energy portfolio from fossil fuels to clean energy. This kind of leadership is exactly what’s required to help us meet the treaty’s ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions.

I went over to the event web site, where I discovered that the conference will have a “fresh new look and perspective,” and that “energy professionals, policy and decision makers at all levels” will take “an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential.”

This is exactly what we need!

The letter from Steve Daines. Click to read.

The letter from Steve Daines. Click to read.

I checked out the list of current sponsors, and was kind of surprised to see that, in addition to Senator Daines, it includes the Montana Chamber, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Contractors’ Association, and the Montana Coal Council.

I guess they haven’t contacted the Montana Renewable Energy Association, the National Resource Defense Council, Montana Green Power, Northern Plains Resource Council, or the Montana Environmental Information Center.

No doubt they’ll be on the list shortly.

Or maybe not. As I dug a little deeper, I noticed that the conference will be an opportunity to “limit efforts to hinder any part of our diverse energy portfolio. That includes coal-powered energy, which currently provides 51 percent of Montana’s electricity.”

And then I saw that the EPA’s new regulations will “kill over 7000 good-paying jobs and causing the loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue that is used to fund our schools and infrastructure projects.” That’s the same nonsense the coal and gas people have been spewing for months.

That’s when it hit me. This conference has nothing to do with the Paris climate agreement. It has everything to do with propping up dying industries while the rest of the world heads in a completely different direction. And Steve Daines is still working for the same groups that have always bought and paid for his services.

Never mind. I guess I won’t be attending.

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About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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6 Responses to Steve Daines joins the carbon reduction bandwagon! Wait a minute…

  1. samh says:

    “…limit efforts to hinder any part of our diverse energy portfolio.” Which I guess includes limiting efforts to hinder parts of our diverse energy portfolio such as renewables.

  2. Lt. Col (Ret) Rich Liebert says:

    I’m SICK of all of the above and if that were true, we’ still have horse and wagons on our streets leaving horsepoop for you to step in, and that’s the stuff Sen. Daines of ‘pushing’ off on us, it’s a total SCAM, really, did he invite ALL ‘of the above’…NO, just the Koal pimps and Fossil fools! Wake
    up Daines, GREEN is the NEW Red, White and Blue!

  3. Lt. Col (Ret) Rich Liebert says: this is SO bad, NASA is also investigating the tremendous volumes of METHANE polluting the atmosphere besides the health consequences directly impacting hundreds of families and now two schools are being temporarily shut down while students transferred. The folks who have MILLIONS invested in their properties are not putting up with this BS and rural America should not either! Just listened to public radio and low-income and seniors in the Bakken *who have been victimized because landlords couldn’t resist raising rents three-fold for the Oil and Gas guys) still struggling to find affordable housing in North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

  4. Lt. Col (Ret) Rich Liebert says: Sen. Daines, if you got an engineering degree, isn’t this MUCH Better than toxic, dying coal plant, huh?????

  5. Lt. Col (Ret) Rich Liebert says:

    Our windfarms the ‘Gentle Giants’ of our new energy economy….

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