State Agriculture Food and Agriculture Development Centers and Farm to School will provide much-needed jobs. I agree with the recent comments of Ron Tussing and Stephanie and Alan Shammel. It seems the only jobs the majority in Helena wishes to have is in extractive energy or shipping our resources out of the state. And citizens vote to not have more cyanide mining. What is our citizens' voices' importance compared to mining interests? House Bill 237, an act eliminating the community renewable-energy project requirements from Montana's renewable-resource standard. What?
And who came up with the idea to ship "our" coal to Asia? Maybe the miners should be earning more if we can afford to ship a finite resource not just out of Montana but across the ocean. I am amazed the majority has not come up with a small community in Montana to build a nuclear power plant near a river that supplies water to large populations. Maybe Edgar would be a good place for that. Maybe our health and the health of our communities don't mean much to the Helena legislative majority.
Energy industries have been temporary in the area I grew up in. Oil, gas and coal are finite. We will hopefully always have farming and ranching. What's wrong with protecting them? Let's quit shipping our produce out of the state, our jobs out of the state.