Montana Climate News Summaries

Billings Forum350Montana Visits Billings

The group 350 Montana envisions a 100% renewable global energy system using wind, water and solar and wants Montana to be the first state in the nation to achieve that vision.
It mentioned agriculture as one area that can start the transition, at a forum at the Northern Plains Resource Council on Wednesday night.

Foster & Jessup Found Guilty in ND

The defense intended to use a necessity defense, which argues a person can commit a crime if there is no other way for that person to avoid risk or being harmed. In Foster’s and Jessup’s cases, they originally wanted to argue their actions were justified due to “the dangers of climate change,” according to court documents. …
Judge Laurie Fontaine ruled against that move …

Montana BeesBees Buzzing Less

Their honey yields are down 50 percent from last year, and climate change could mean more of the same. Extreme drought and record-setting wildfire smoke are both factors Wüstner pointed to as culprits. … “This is the roughest year we’ve seen in two generations of beekeeping,” Wüstner said. “Of course we have to leave enough honey for the bees to survive the winter, so it’s kind of throwing a wrench in our business model.”

Smoke on Higgins BridgeThe West Is on Fire (9/11/2017)

“But nowhere are the fires more devastating than in Montana, where more than 1 million acres of forest burned this summer, and more than  467,000 acres are currently burning in 26 large fires that line the mountainous western side of the state.”


Coal Train Derails on Clark Fork (8/14/2017)

“Cabinet Gorge Reservoir is part of the Clark Fork River that eventually flows into the Columbia River and then, finally, the Pacific Ocean. …  large amounts of coal that had spilled right on the shoreline.”

EPA TalkMontanans discuss effects of EPA cuts (8/14/2017)

“They are described by promoters as an attempt to lift ‘unnecessary regulatory burdens,’ but in effect they constitute a license to pollute,” Jan Hoem of Missoula said Monday. Hoem is past president and current longtime board member of the Missoula City-County Air Quality Advisory Council.

Natural Gas GeneratorMt PSC Sides With NorthWestern Energy (08/21/2017)

“Montana residents who receive natural gas from NorthWestern energy can expect to pay more …
The Montana Public Service Commission approved the increase on Thursday, concluding that rate payers should help cover the costs associated with NorthWestern’s acquisition of several natural gas fields in northern Montana.”

Wind Mills

Hurdles to MT Renewables (07/31/2017)

“Clean energy advocates in the Northwest say the Bonneville Power Administration’s decision to reduce the rate charged on wind energy transmitted from Montana will do little to encourage renewable energy use in the region. ”


Rail SafetyMore Work Needed on Rail Safety (07/5/2017)

“The report also found there’s a lack of statewide emergency planning and hazardous-material response capability should an oil spill occur. It recommended more coordination with local, state and national planners, as well as adding a third inspector to check rail lines, cars and engines.”


Trout looking at antlersMontana Bull Trout Decline (07/2017) Trout Unlimited

From 2009 to 2011 scientists at the University of Montana and U.S. Forest Service re-surveyed portions of the Bitterroot River in Montana and found that bull trout had already abandoned low-elevation habitats with warm temperatures where the species was present in the early 1990s.


CypressCreekMt PSC dramatically cuts solar rates (06/23/2017)

The changes by the PSC make Montana’s incentives the smallest in the region, say renewable energy advocates, who said solar developers would likely move on to other states as a result.

“Montana is going to lose out on the solar revolution. It’s going to go to Idaho and Wyoming and other states,” said Anne Hedges, of the Montana Environmental Information Center.



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