Pro-charcoal bill worries cities with green energy plans | 406 Politics

Pro-charcoal bill worries cities with green energy plans |  406 Politics

Missoula County Commissioner Juanita Vero said a county like Missoula was concerned about the bill’s excessive potential.

“At first glance, the bill seems intended to prevent local government from enacting a carbon tax, but to our knowledge, a carbon tax has never been enacted or even considered by any local government in Montana. Said Vero. The bill seemed vague enough to prevent a community from improving the energy efficiency of government buildings, if that meant a drop in demand for electricity from fossil fuels.

In a legislature with strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate, rhetoric about limited state government has been common, said Lori Byron, Hardin’s pediatrician, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers from preventing local governments to define public health policies such as limiting air pollution from fossil fuels.

“By removing local options with …

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