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Environmental Concerns

In anticipating EPA plan, states can follow examples of neighbors

While debate rages on about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution from existing U.S. power plants, it’s important to take a look at what is already working around the country from the standpoint of clean energy deployment.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

May 28, 2014 10:05 pm Photos

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Robert J. Samuelson: We have no solution to climate change

WASHINGTON — It would be healthy — in the sense of promoting honesty — if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

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Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.

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Guest opinion: Don't scrap EPA’s wise carbon-reducing mileage mandate

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA’s vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.

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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

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Guest opinion: Legal tactic ensures EPA fulfills its mission

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — “Sue and settle” is the ominous phrase that has been attached to cases where an environmental organization sues a federal agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, and then settles the matter without going through a full-blown trial.

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Modest carbon tax would promote energy efficiency

WASHINGTON — Economist Robert Pindyck of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently examined the computer models that estimate the effects and costs of climate change — and didn’t like what he found. The models reflect two gaping uncertainties, he says. First, we don’t know how much…

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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

CODY, Wyo. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges.

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Guest opinion: EPA must not tamper with its vehicle mileage tests

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In 2010 and again in 2012, the Obama administration made one of its most important decisions on energy use and climate change.

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers’ small investment will enrich future generations

WASHINGTON — As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

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Guest opinion: Wind power subsidies no windfall for taxpayers

WASHINGTON — “The thing about money is that when you have it you don’t need it and when you need it you don’t have it,” my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It’s most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest.

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Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it would continue to protect as a threatened species a mouse that lives along streams in Colorado and eastern Wyoming, saying human development continues to threaten the animal’s riparian habitat.

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Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decade

Montana greenhouse gas emissions rose 11% last decade

Carbon dioxide emissions rose by more than 11 percent in Montana last decade as the state continued to have one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emission rates in the country.

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Montana tribes get $600K for cleanup work

American Indian tribes on two Montana reservations have been awarded a combined $600,000 under a federal program to clean up contaminated properties.

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Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Montana's massive Colstrip coal-fired power plant, seeking to force the installation of more pollution controls at the decades-old facility.

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Guest opinion: U.S. can jump-start economy with green energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Abandoning fossil fuel exploration altogether is not feasible for America. But significant further government support of oil and gas drilling in places like the Alaskan wilderness or the American heartland in the name of economic growth would be a huge mistake.

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Guest opinion: Odds on Canadian tote boards favor Keystone’s completion

WASHINGTON — A few days before President Barack Obama’s second inauguration Clark Stevens, deputy White House press secretary, repeated to journalists a shopworn phrase: “the president is committed” to dealing with climate change issues and national energy needs.

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