National Wildlife Federation en Wind, Wildlife and Weeds <p>Montanans have tremendous, untapped opportunity to produce clean and valuable wind energy from the windswept, wide-open spaces of eastern Montana. At the same time, growing concern about the long-term survival of sage grouse in Montana and across the West raises the potential for conflict between energy development and habitat protection.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:10:32 +0000 Hayley Newman 21816 at Clean Power Plan Good for Montana: Daines Opposition Misguided <p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:06:50 +0000 David Dittloff 20403 at Swift and Substantial Action on Climate Change <p>The International Panel on Climate, or IPCC, released another report on Sunday.&nbsp; Written by thousands of science, policy, and economic experts, this IPCC report, along with others that have been released in the last year, represent a synthesis of existing climate research knowledge.&nbsp; The findings in the reports are alarming, and while the report is very detailed in its research the results can be summarized rather easily with four main points.&nbsp; One, the climate is changing.&nbsp; Two, carbon pollution is almost certainly responsible for the change.&nbsp; Three, the environmen Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:28:05 +0000 Dave Dittloff 17991 at Paying back the land: Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013 <p>As the second session of the 113<sup>th</sup> Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 58 bills into law, the lowest since bill tracking was initiated in the 1940’s. Much of the stalemate characterizing the last two congressional sessions has been blamed on bipartisan gridlock. It begs the question, why aren’t the widely supported bipartisan bills that are waiting in committee becoming law? Bills that are well rounded, effective, and supported by stakeholders are repeatedly dying in committee. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:54:48 +0000 Hayley Newman 16747 at Yellowstone Bison <p>And again, almost like clockwork, the Yellowstone bison wars begin.&nbsp; This time, however, it’s a much different and important battle.&nbsp; As deep snows continue to accumulate on the high Yellowstone plateau and bison begin their historic and highly anticipated migration out of the park, Montana’s Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks and the Board of Livestock are once again are at odds over where America’s largest wild bison herd should be allowed to roam.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:12:47 +0000 Kit Fischer 14046 at Your Secret’s Safe With Me <p>I’ve visited the East Rosebud River every summer I’ve lived in Montana.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:40:53 +0000 Kit Fischer 2525 at