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  •  Hi. Montanan here (1+ / 0-)
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    Ya'know, someone who actually has a dog in this hunt?  Schweitzer has been all for the Hardin windfarm complex, as well as further wind development in the other Rocky Mountain front areas.

    What Brian is for is Montana economy.  Period.  This state has a history of being exploited by out-of-state interests, and that is something the Good Guv is acutely aware of.  I find it rather surprising that most of the 'experts' concerning his career 'round these parts are unable, unwilling, un-knowledgeable about Montana's hydro-electric  past, present and future.  Governor Marc Racicot (R-Goldman Sachs) deregulated our state owned utility company and allowed the sale assets to the highest bidders.  Notice, please, that Hydro power is exactly sustainable, now sold off to California while Montana pays 'market' rates for what our waters generate.  Brian actually sued the new Canadian owners of our Dams for rent.  Rent on the ground these dams sit on beneath the rivers.  And Montana now collects rent for property used.

    This guy is not just some "fossil fuel politician".  That was written by an idiot with an agenda.  If you want to get to know Brian Schweitzer, I suggest leaving the diaries at Kos behind, and actually talking to or researching Montana during his governorship.  I think you're probably gonna like what you find.

    •  Thanks, this is the kind of response I always hope (1+ / 0-)
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      to get on this site.

      While I must disagree with any opinion that RLM is an idiot--she's mosdef not--her thrust is better interpreted as a reminder that Schweitzer ain't perfect, & will on this issue probably disappoint.  But the charge of imperfection is a good one to face, otherwise there'd be no Draft Schweitzer movement to get an obviously better Senator in the seat vacated by Baucus (D-Wall Street, Western Regional Office).

      It'd be pretty sweet to seize back your sold-off utilities... if it was legal.  Failing that, I hafta sympathize with an economy for Montana, by Montana, while simultaneously holding to the priority of massive ecological threats like climate change as a trump over what's considered to be good in the short term for any state with fossil assets.  

      It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

      by Leftcandid on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:49:16 PM PDT

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    •  No, he's not pro-economy. (0+ / 0-)

      I appreciate that you provided some details. But, anyone who thinks that expanding use of coal and oil is pro-economy obviously doesn't understand how badly climate change will obliterate our economy. He's pro-poverty.

      There's no industry more exploitative than coal. They take a lot of wealth out of mining communities and leave nothing behind but land worthless for any other kind of economic development. The hydro power deal is chump change in comparison to how exploitative the coal industry is.

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