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Anne Hedges, Montana Environmental Center and Sierra Club have an agenda, and that is to shut down the coal, oil and gas industries in the state of Montana. They have already ruined the timber industry and will eventually be attacking agriculture.

While keeping our environment clean is important, it does us little good if nobody can live here because we have no jobs.

Hedges, MEIC, Sierra Club and the other environmental groups are trying to stop all natural resource production in the name of saving the environment.

The fires in 2017 burned 1.5 million acres. The CO2 from the fires is comparable to 25 years from the four power plants at Colstrip. It would take 150 years for Colstrip to match the CO2 from this year’s fires. Wildfires put out over 1,000 pounds of PM10 (respirable size particulates) per acre. The fires put out 750,000 tons in 2017. This equates to 2,941 years of Colstrip 1-4.

Where were the environmentalists during the fire season? If they are so concerned about the well-being of Montana and Montanans, maybe they should donate the money to help out the state.

Ed Joiner, Robert E. Lee and Doug Martens,

Rosebud County commissioners

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