Bruce Farling

Commentary - August 4th, 2014
7:12 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Montanans Should Be Grateful For The EPA

In today’s partisan climate it has become predictable sport to rail on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Montana legislators, industries, local government, chambers of commerce and, recently, Congressman Steve Daines, constantly pummel EPA. All because the agency is simply doing its job.

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Commentary - July 13th, 2014
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Stream Access Primer

Fly Fisherman on the Yellowstone River.
Credit Flikr user: Mirrur Image (CC-BY-NC)

Now that the rivers have fallen, summer is heating up and recreationists are hitting the state’s streams and rivers in force, it’s not a bad time to review exactly what is legal and what isn’t regarding recreational access to the state’s waters. When the public hews to the law it better ensures that inevitable and tiresome attacks on Montana’s stream access laws by legislators, non-resident landowners and so-called free-market think tanks will continue to fail miserably.

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Commentary - May 12th, 2014
12:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Protecting our streams key to buffering the impacts of climate change

Meadow creek fly fishing
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

The most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change indicates that the greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at an alarming rate, with concentrations the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years.  The thousands of international scientists comprising the panel warn that resulting global warming will severely reduce sea ice and continental ice masses, producing rising sea levels, dramatic changes in ocean alkalinity and modifications of the dominant ocean currents that produce weather.

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Commentary - November 25th, 2013
1:05 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

The costs of treating pollution

You pretty much can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting some politician, Chamber of Commerce spokesperson or tea party activist lecturing about how government spending is chaining future generations to a bottomless maw of debt and impoverishment.

To them, it’s always about protecting the future, the kids, grandkids. Fine.

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Commentary - July 8, 2013
11:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

CSKT tribal water compact a good deal for Montana

Never underestimate the ability of fire-breathing propaganda to tie good natural resource policy in knots -- even when the misinformation operates against the very interests it purports to defend.

Good policy is exactly what the proposed water compact between the State of Montana and Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes represents. However, thanks to extremist opponents – and some otherwise reasonable non-tribal irrigators scared by fear mongering -- the Compact, years in the works, was high-centered at the last Montana Legislature, a necessary stop for its ratification.

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