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2020 PSC Race Climate Crisis Energy Environment Montana Politics Roger Koopman Tom Woods

So grateful PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman is termed out

PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman

Vote Tom Woods for Montana Public Service Commissioner, District 3!

It’s imperative there be a commissioner well versed in energy issues, not beholding to fossil fuel interests, who puts consumers before corporate profits, and is a forward thinker when it comes to climate change and the environment.

Contrast Woods with anti-science District 3 Commissioner Roger Koopman who, thank God, is term limited out. The Koopdog, as he was known during his tenure in the Montana Legislature, has a guest column in today’s Missoulian chastising school administrators for allowing students to attend climate change rallies.

” …Missoula and Bozeman school officials allowed their high school students to have a day off to participate in a political rally promoting left-wing politics and left-wing solutions to the so-called ‘climate crisis.'”

“So-called climate crisis?” Koopman is quoting the three percent of the scientific community, funded by the fossil fuel industry, who claim climate change is a hoax. Here’s what the other climate scientists, the “radical leftists” as Koopman calls them, have to say. From NASA:

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

And Koopman, there aren’t “left-wing solutions” to the climate crisis, only solutions. It’s called critical thinking and Koopman is completely bereft of this ability. It’s obvious that he wants students to share only his myopic world view, and if they don’t, they’ve become “indoctrinated.”

From what I can tell, only one side of the man-made climate change debate is ever presented for students to consider. It is a classic example of indoctrination replacing education, and young people being told that there is only one way to think.

Unfortunately, our public school systems are largely captured by the intolerant politics of the left, that insists the only opinions deserving of consideration are their own.

…from what he “can tell” — now there’s some deeply researched background info. Koopman would be much happier if schools were teaching creationism, and theories related to Noah’s Ark and Jesus riding around on the back of a velociraptor.

There are so many other ignorant distortions in Koopman’s column, I’m not sure where to begin. Try this:

“What in the world are public school administrators doing, to excuse students from a day of class work to attend a political rally organized by out-of-town leftist activists… “

I don’t know about Bozeman but the Missoula rallies and activities were organized by local grassroots groups like the high school and college student-led, and 350 Montana, and Missoula’s Families for a Livable Climate, and Climate Smart Missoula.

Then there’s this gem:

Reading, writing and arithmetic take a back seat to climate politics, with students skipping class to scream, chant, wail and otherwise join their young and naïve voices to an organized movement deriding their parents for inaction, and demanding that “something be done” before the world melts away before our very eyes.

The world IS melting away before their very eyes, Roger, which is definitely on the same scale as “reading, writing and arithmetic.”

I won’t go into detail on all of Koopman’s malfeasance while he served in the legislature and on the PSC: his stymying of renewables or rolling over for the major utility companies, but here’s one more plug for Tom Woods. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a knowledgable PSC commissioner keeping rates in check while advancing clean, renewable energy sources instead of a clueless buffoon like Koopman?

District 3 encompasses Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Madison, Meagher, Musselshell, Park, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Sweetgrass and Wheatland counties. Here are Tom’s website and Facebook page.

And here’s to the students and young people in Bozeman and Missoula, and other cities and towns around Montana, who stood up to the likes of Roger Koopman. They’re holding past generations accountable for trashing the Earth and they’re demanding action to mitigate the climate crisis and preserve the planet that they’ll be inheriting.






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About the author

Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.


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  • Tom Woods certainly has my vote as I’m a District 3 voter. Can’t wait to see a change in the PSC for District 3 as well as others.

  • Koopman has been doing everything he can to get his name and face out there. Given that he’s burned every bridge in sight for support from rational Republicans, I wonder what he’s planning for his political future. I would bet that he’s going to run for something. Or maybe he’s hoping for a GOP governor who might appoint him as Commissioner of the Office of Political Practices? Doesn’t that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling deep down inside?

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