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Daines votes repeatedly against clean energy, efficiency

2014-08-04T00:00:00Z 2014-08-04T12:01:06Z Daines votes repeatedly against clean energy, efficiency The Billings Gazette
August 04, 2014 12:00 am

Recently Steve Daines voted no less than 18 times in just two days against investments in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives. With so much uncertainty around the world including in historically oil and natural gas rich areas, why wouldn't we want to develop clean, domestic, renewable energy?

Montana ranks third highest in the country in wind energy potential but only 21st in actual wind energy generated. We should be going after the low hanging fruit and doing everything we can to harness that potential. Not only will it lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy but also on dirty fossil fuels.

Daines' votes, which slashed funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy while boosting funding for fossil fuels, show how out of touch he is with Montana. Increasing use of coal and other fossil fuels is technology of the past; coal use has been declining steadily for years. Wind and other renewable energy are the technologies of the future and Montana needs to be at the forefront. If we're not leading, we'll be left behind. Daines' votes show he's in the pocket of special interests who'd rather keep the status quo instead of improving our environment for future generations.

Kelcie Murphy

Missoula

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