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Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:33 AM

Montana Activists Score a Global Victory Against Climate Change

Fighting to Keep Coal in the Ground, Montana Activists Score a Global Victory Against Climate Change
Sunday, 01 November 2015
By Alexis Bonogofsky, Truthout | Report

If you are concerned about the climate, you should be paying attention to what is happening in southeast Montana.




To avoid catastrophic climate change, a recent study in the journal Nature found that 92 percent of coal reserves in the United States must stay in the ground to keep global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. Montana has the largest amount of recoverable coal in the United States, close to 120 billion tons - almost one-quarter of known US reserves.

Arch Coal, a major US coal mining and processing company, has been pushing hard to gain access to Montana's coal reserves since 2010.

"Montana could be the energy capital of the United States if the state government and the state's community desire that to happen," Arch Coal CEO Steven Leer told the Billings Gazette in 2010 after his company leased 1.5 billion tons of coal in the Otter Creek Valley in southeast Montana.

To this day, however, no permits have been issued for a coal mine in Otter Creek.

The mining project does not suffer from a lack of support from Montana's politicians or from a regulatory environment unfriendly to their ambitions. What they suffer from is a severe lack of community support. There is a dedicated community of people in southeast Montana who fiercely love their land and have organized quietly and resolutely, keeping billions of tons of coal in the ground.

Their repeated victories in bringing ranchers, Northern Cheyenne tribal members, Amish farmers and others together to fight the coal mines constitute one of the most inspiring - and most overlooked - stories of climate change activism in this decade.


Northern Cheyenne, local ranchers, Amish and conservationists gather to view proposed Tongue River Railroad route near the Otter Creek Coal Tracts in southeastern Montana. Photo by Beth Raboin


How the Struggle Began

On January 17, 2013, a winter storm blew through southeast Montana. The wind was bitterly cold and roads were treacherous but the people came anyway.....

Read the rest of this inspiring story here~
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33471-fighting-to-keep-coal-in-the-ground-montana-activists-score-a-global-victory-against-climate-change

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RiverLover Nov 2015 OP
oldandhappy Nov 2015 #1
RiverLover Nov 2015 #8
BlueMTexpat Nov 2015 #2
RiverLover Nov 2015 #6
BlueMTexpat Nov 2015 #9
freebrew Nov 2015 #3
RiverLover Nov 2015 #7
2naSalit Nov 2015 #4
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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:02 AM

1. Hope! Thank you for giving me hope.

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Response to oldandhappy (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:37 PM

8. Every so often, the good guys come out on top, and for the right reasons.

It gave me hope too, thank you for letting me know the story did the same for you!!

I just wonder if the FBI has labeled them "ecoterrorists" like they do fracktivists in other states....If so, it must not have done any good. That gives me hope as well.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:32 AM

2. Maintaining the environment is one issue that often

transcends political labels in my birth state.

And thank heavens for that!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:31 PM

6. May that never change.

Its nice to know one state has a majority of sane people with the right priorities. (kow!)

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Response to RiverLover (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 3, 2015, 04:27 AM

9. Of course, I'm speaking of the

in-state politicians.

Senator Steve Daines (R) is as much a jerk as any and fits right in with the DC GOPer establishment. http://blueskiesmt.com/stevedaines/

He got a LOT of out-of-state money.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:45 AM

3. Meanwhile, here in Missouri...

the publicans are waging war on the EPA for trying to rid the state of coal-fired electricity plants. Even though, the utilities themselves seem to have no problem with it.

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Response to freebrew (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:33 PM

7. And in Ohio, Kasich has gutted renewables & turned the ground into a future superfund site

with over 250+ radioactive fracking waste sites....& can you say algae? Our water is truly tainted here.

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Response to RiverLover (Original post)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 11:54 AM

4. I am thankful

for this coalition of residents at the other end of my adopted state!! I thank them with every ounce of gratitude in my being. And I thank you, RiverLover, for posting this news. As I start my first day of unemployment, I am happy to see this news while I ponder the ways in which to spend my spare time in the next few weeks/months.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 2, 2015, 09:27 PM

5. Thank you, 2naSalit, for your kind words during a challenging time.

Your gratitude is inspiring too! What great energy you're creating for yourself. May it bring you a better position than the one you just left behind.


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