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Montana candidates for the U.S. House favor of creating new jobs, but differ in what policy they would support in order to accomplish the goal.

As Montanans, we have to decide if development of coal and petroleum is the one-size-fits-all solution we are happy with, or if developing all of our natural resources make more sense. Developing coal and petroleum may create jobs, but it also creates pollution. Developing renewable energy not only creates high paying jobs but actually decreases the amount of harmful pollutants that we put into our environment.

We have seen time and time again that decreasing pollution has not been the job-killing bogeyman that the coal and petroleum industries would have us believe. In fact, a cleaner environment and the development of clean energy has resulted in better quality of life and more jobs. Clean energy and job creation go hand in hand, and we should support policies and candidates that create more clean energy jobs.

Democrat John Lewis has proposed a balanced energy plan that is better than his opponent Ryan Zinke's apparent plan of extraction industry support. We need to look to the future to create new energy jobs that will improve our quality of life and the quality of life in future generations. Supporting measures like tax credits for wind energy and improving energy infrastructure like electric transmission is a great start.

David Ryan

Butte

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