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UM Climate Scientist: Governor's C02 Options Are Progress

Steve Running. File photo.

The state of Montana has a new set of proposed options for reducing how much carbon dioxide the state’s coal burning power plants release. Those options, released by Governor Bullock Friday, have won praise from both the Montana Environmental Information Center, and PPL, the company that owns the Colstrip power plant, which is the state’s largest C02 emitter.

In tonight’s feature interview, University of Montana climate scientist Steve Running says the Governor’s proposed options sound like progress, but aren’t a cure all. Running is a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 won the Nobel peace prize. He spoke with Eric Whitney.

Public meetings to take comments on the Governor’s proposal are scheduled for September 30th, and October first and second in Colstrip, Billings and Missoula. You’ll find more information on those meetings our our webpage as well.

Read the white-paper prepared by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality on complying with the new EPA carbon pollution standards.

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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