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A Ringing Reverse-Endorsement

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Thanks to the Billings Blog for this tidbit – Jon Tester has won the Ted Kaczynski award for putting the environment ahead of jobs.

That should put into context the actual extremity of Tester’s ‘abandonment’ of the environmental movement. Indeed, their list of condemnations reads like a list of reasons to vote for Jon Tester. For someone dedicated to the environmental movement, it would seem Tester’s numerous votes for broader environmental issues ought to outweigh his removal of certain ESA protections from a species which is, after all, not endangered.

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  • From MEIC:

    “The Legislature has passed two more bills which drastically re-write Montana’s environmental protection laws. They are now headed to the Governor, and we need your help. Please call Governor Schweitzer and encourage him to veto these anti-environmental bills.

    SB 233 is a major revision of the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). MEPA requires State agencies to analyze the environmental consequences of both small and large projects, and provides an opportunity for the public to participate in the decision-making process. This bill would drastically limit the alternatives which an agency could analyze and eliminate the ability of the public to hold agencies accountable for an inadequate analysis.

    SB 379 revises Montana’s zoning laws. It gives a minority of landowners the ability to stop the adoption of zoning regulations by a county. The bill requires a one-sided analysis of whether zoning will negatively impact a minority of landowners. It does not allow an analysis of how zoning could benefit the majority of landowners. The one-sided analysis can then be used to prevent the county from adopting zoning. This bill is a “back-up plan” for Plum Creek, which is concerned that existing zoning protest provisions will be ruled unconstitutional. However, this bill’s revisions to the law suffer the same constitutional flaws.

    PLEASE CONTACT THE GOVERNOR TODAY AND ASK THAT HE VETO SB 233 and SB 379!”

    Call: (406) 444-3111 and speak with staff of the Governor.
    OR
    E-mail: governor@mt.gov.

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