Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
In August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its rule to dramatically cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. The final rule, called the Clean Power Plan, mandates that states collectively reduce their carbon emissions by the year 2030. This rule signifies a “historic step in the fight against climate change” according to the Obama Administration.
Although the rule sets up a target emissions reduction for each state, there is flexibility as to how those reductions happen. Options include:
Governor Bullock has directed the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to draft options for a Clean Power Plan for the state of Montana. The state then has until September 2018 to finalize its plan. Many entities will be involved in developing Montana’s state plan, including Montana Audubon. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan provides an unprecedented opportunity for Montana to transition to clean electricity, creating thousands of new jobs in the state. Addressing climate change is critical for people, birds, and other wildlife.
Contacting decision-makers at key times is critical to moving climate change issues ahead. We recommend the following steps to get involved – and stay in touch:
Any if you have questions, contact us here!
An essential way to encourage our elected officials to act and let your neighbors, our leaders and the media know that this issue matters.
Calculate your carbon footprint using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculator
Can you make rooftop solar happen? Get a little better with efficiency and conservation? We can inspire and help via the Solar and the Energy Efficiency sections of our website. In addition, check out these resources and ideas:
If you are on our email list or a “friend’ on Facebook, you’ll be alerted to events we sponsor or co-sponsor. There are many around the state all year!