State of Montana Archives: on Environment

Amanda Curtis: Big supporter of protecting access to public lands

She's a big supporter of protecting access to public lands, she said, and "keeping the government out of our bedrooms and our doctor's offices." She sponsored several bills that session, including one aimed at increasing the percentage of Montana workers hired for public works projects. She was a vocal opponent of other bills she said amounted to a "full assault on people" by taking aim at free, public education, workers' rights and access to courts and public lands.
Source: Billings Gazette on 2014 Montana Senate race Aug 16, 2014

John Walsh: More regulations to develop natural resources responsibly

He acknowledged the Berkeley Pit, a former copper mining pit with toxic chemicals, as a failure in responsible energy development. "Never again will we have another Berkeley Pit anywhere in Montana, or anywhere in the US, for that matter. We need to make sure that when we develop our natural resources that we do it responsibly," Walsh said. "We have one environment, and we need to make sure it's taken care of and I'm sure that each and every one of you in this room, we don't have to tell you, we're putting more regulations on you to make sure that that happens, so thank you for that."
Source: Sydney (Australia) Herald on 2014 Montana Senate debates Nov 9, 2013

Dennis Rehberg: EPA is heavy-handed; don't pick winners and losers

Rehberg said, "I don't think government should be picking winners and losers. Government should be creating an environment of liberating Main Street."

"As the government grows bigger, we lose our freedoms and our opportunities," Rehberg said, referring to the heavy-handedness of the Environmental Protection Agency and Dodd-Frank banking regulations that have hindered local lending and economic development.

Source: Daily Inter Lake on 2012 Montana Senate debates Oct 14, 2012

Jon Tester: Sought removal of wolves from the endangered list

Rehberg persistently hammered Tester as a front-man for the Obama administration. Tester touted legislation he sponsored or supported to help seniors, veterans and the uninsured.

Tester dismissed claims that he's sided with Obama and the Democrats on the vast majority of issues. He cited the auto industry bailout, proposals to regulate farm dust and youth labor and the removal of wolves from the endangered list as instances when he's gone against members of his party.

Rehberg spoke of the need for "Montana solutions" and declared his support for government assistance to ensure rural areas of the state are provided adequate highways and air and train service.

Source: The Republic on 2012 Montana Senate debates Jun 17, 2012

Sam Rankin: We live in cycles with all other systems

We can learn much from Native Americans about Mother Earth. As a biology student and teacher, I understand the cycle we live in with all other systems. There can be no substitute for caution in how we develop our resources. There are many scientific advances on the horizon that will allow us to reap rewards from our abundant resources and not ruin our precious national environment. We also need to realize that the modern technologies are not labor intensive and that those days will never return. Therefore, many of the communities impacted by technology should be assisted in making the transition; however, there should be sunset provisions. The environment is more than jobs for extractive industries. It is a valuable economic base which future generations can use for their livelihood, if it is still here. What we have here in Montana we cannot take for granted, nor can we leave behind people caught in the change.
Source: 2012 Montana House campaign website, Oct 14, 2011

Ryan Zinke: Cleanup industrial sites; preserve open space

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Bob Kelleher: Return rail passenger in southern Montana

I have been fighting for a return of rail passenger service from Seattle and Portland across southern Montana. 160 mph service from downtown Billings to Downtown Denver will be competitive cost-wise and time-wise with flights out of Billings to Denver International. No Montana member of Congress wants this rail service. We need this railroad for Homeland Security to move troops and for civilian use including students going to and from college. MontRail will provide more jobs for Montanans.
Source: Bobís Message to Montana Schoolkids (15-min. TV interview) Oct 1, 2002

Judy Martz: Stewardship belongs with the states

Montanans stand tall when we take a measure of those who battled in one way or another against wildfire last summer. With time, valuable resources and possessions will be replaced. For some things, it will take as long as a generation. But we will remember fireís lesson: Our survival in a fragile ecosystem depends upon careful stewardship and ultimately the grace of God.

We expect a seat at the table in planning how to effectively manage the forests we recreate in and rely upon. We will urge the Bush Administration to listen to the West, and return stewardship responsibility to our capable hands where it belongs. And we will not rest until our voices are heard. Montana should lead in making decisions about managing OUR land. We will never forget the industries that built this state -- and I support environmentally safe mining, timber-harvest and oil and gas production on our public lands.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

Judy Martz: Government duty to protect species & water

Government, particularly in Montana, has a significant duty to protect our water rights, stream access, habitat and wildlife. Access to our rivers and streams in Montana has been an important issue since pioneers first arrived. The Stream Access Law withstood two court challenges and we formed citizen advisory councils who have offered common sense solutions for some of our stream-crowding issues.

Water in the West, as we all know, is like gold. Montana institutionalized the leasing of water for in-stream and fisheries benefits. We will continue to support efforts to protect species of special concern. We will continue to support the catch and release angling for bull and cutthroat trout in an effort to help these species survive. We will continue to implement species conservation plans for our native cutthroat trout, bull trout, grayling, and sturgeon.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

Corey Stapleton: Stricter environmental regulations with federal flexibility

Q: Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?

A: Yes.

Source: 2000 Montana State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

John Bohlinger: Control SO2 emissions; fund recycling; no cyanide in mining

Source: Montana Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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