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Like the smoker with cancer who just can’t stop, NorthWestern Energy continues to puff coal in the face of the undeniable impact to our air quality and climate.

According to the Montana Public Service Commission, NorthWestern Energy’s most expensive electricity source is the Colstrip power plant, and it’s polluting our air with 15 million tons of carbon per year.

It’s not about economics anymore. It’s about addiction. Electricity from wind generation is half the cost and energy efficiency is even cheaper than that. Technology has advanced considerably in the past decade relative to more affordable and cleaner electricity, and many new jobs continue to be created by the renewable energy industry.

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I’m grateful that the Environmental Protection Agency is finally doing something to move us toward ending the pollution coming out of dirty power plants, and it’s time for NorthWestern to kick the habit. We should all applaud the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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John Rundquist,

Helena

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