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  •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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    Ranching and mining interests are decidedly anti-environmentalist. They even mine coal!

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    by bumiputera on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:29:25 AM PDT

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    •  It's in their state constitution (3+ / 0-)

      The Montana state constitution states (in two places, actually) that Montanans have a right to a "clean and healthful environment".  To the best of my knowledge, it is the only place in the US where environmental concerns have been elevated to constitutional rights.

      The Montana state constitution was re-written in 1972 and it's actually quite a progressive document.  The environmental clauses were partly a response to the environmental problems around Anaconda.

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 09:25:37 AM PDT

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      •  Montana Conservation Voters (1+ / 0-)
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        I paid a lot of attention to the state legislative races in Montana during the 2008 cycle and learned that one of the most active watchdog groups on the scene appear to be the Montana Conservation Voters. They issue a scorecard and make endorsements based on environmental policy only.

        A Republican is a person who says we need to rebuild Iraq but not New Orleans. - Temple Stark

        by Christopher Walker on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 12:25:54 PM PDT

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        •  I worked on a project a few years ago (1+ / 0-)
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          where I drove all over Montana interviewing the surviving delegates to the 1972 Constitutional Convention.  It was fascinating, and I really got to see just how beautiful Montana is.  

          It was interesting, though, driving from Butte to Anaconda.  As you leave Butte you're in what looks like a regular western forest.  As you crest the ridge though, and start descending towards Anaconda, the trees suddenly thin out to about one every 20 feet or so, and they become quite stunted, only a few feet high.  Apparently, it's because that area was downwind of the smelter stacks at the old Anaconda Mine.

          There's also an interesting labor history in Anaconda.  The Socialist Party of America had a lot of electoral success there in the early 20th century.

          To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

          by sneakers563 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:29:23 PM PDT

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