Via Belgrade News:
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) new regulations on coal-fired power plants. This decision provides states like Montana – and over half of the states in our nation – relief from these overreaching and misguided regulations while they are being challenged in court.
These latest EPA regulations are part of the Obama administration’s relentless attacks on affordable energy and good-paying Montana jobs. The federal government’s misguided plan would lead our country in the wrong direction – away from being an energy leader—and would destroy thousands of good-paying Montana jobs.
By promoting innovation and responsibly developing Montana’s vast resources, we can secure abundant energy that is clean, affordable and reliable.
The 2015 Economic Outlook recently published by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research showed how technology and innovation have already revolutionized the American energy industry to make made-in-America energy resources more accessible than ever.
Montana is ranked at the top in U.S. coal deposits, has rich oil and gas deposits including portions of the Bakken and Three Forks formations, has immense hydropower and biomass potential, and is first in wind potential. Montana is truly an example of what an all-of-the-above energy plan can look like and is well-equipped for continued growth.
But despite this encouraging news – and even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling to halt the Obama administration’s new regulations— Montana still faces challenges in reaching its full energy potential. We need to work toward comprehensive solutions that encourage innovation, grow our economy and revolutionize how we produce and distribute energy.
That’s why I’m hosting Montana Energy 2016 in Billings on March 30 and 31. Back for its third year, this two-day comprehensive conference will have a new look and perspective – focusing on an all-of-the-above energy concept for Montana.
Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and this conference comes at a vital time when our nation needs leadership.
Our state can help power the world – but only if we work together to increase opportunity and limit efforts to hinder any part of Montana’s diverse energy portfolio. Montana Energy 2016 will bring together energy leaders to help increase innovation and move Montana’s energy opportunities to the next level.
Registration is open, with discounted rates for service members and students. Please visit www.MontanaEnergy.net to learn more and to register.
While the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the EPA’s anti-coal regulations is great news for Montana, I will continue to keep up the fight to permanently stop President Obama’s job-killing agenda.
Join me for Montana Energy 2016 so that we can work together to ensure that Montana remains an energy leader for years to come.
Sen. Steve Daines is a Republican in the U.S. Senate.
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- On February 19, 2016