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"Montana is worth protecting" Gov. Steve Bullock

April 22, 2017View for printing

This Earth Day, I am pleased to celebrate our outdoor heritage and the values we share as Montanans. Montana is a vast and diverse state with mountains, canyons, river valleys, forests, grassy plains, badlands, and caverns, making it rich in beauty and resources.

These lands play a significant role in our way of life. These lands are our heritage. These lands are our birthright. I am a big believer that the people who live in Montana know what's best to protect our land, our clean air and water. It's part of who we are.

I want Montana to always be the place you can find the cleanest air, the freshest water, and the healthiest folks in the nation. Clean air is your right, and as Governor of the state, it is my responsibility to ensure that right. That's why I am committed to moving Montana's energy industry into the future. It's the right thing to do. When our children and grandchildren are all grown up, I want them to be able to look back and say we took the necessary steps to get this right.

Our job is to accomplish these steps in the short-term while building a sustainable energy solution for the long-term. My Energy Blueprint charts a course to do just that. We can't just sit back and wait for other people to have ideas and then react to them. Our job is to act on ideas. Ideas like relying more on renewable energy. We can drive economic growth while realizing the potential for wind, solar, and hydro, and improving energy efficiency. We can continue to improve Montana's traditional base of energy while sparking a new generation of clean technology businesses.

Montanans should determine our energy future, one that safeguards our quality of life and environment. My administration continues to fight for Montana's constitutional right to a "clean and healthful" environment and oppose any efforts that would lead to selling off Montana's public lands. I work hard every day to make sure my children, and all future generations, can enjoy the same Montana we all grew up with.

On this Earth Day, let's send a message that Montana's future is worth protecting - our clean air and water, our abundant wildlife, and our access to public lands. The future of the Treasure State deserves no less.



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