Rally against coal development planned

A public rally to oppose new coal development will take place at the Oval on the University of Montana campus at 7 p.m. Monday, just prior to an on-campus lecture by eminent climate scientist James Hansen.

Both Hansen and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and UM professor Steven Running have been invited to address the rally.

“Gov. Schweitzer has been pushing coal development since he took office,” said David Merrill, executive director of Global WarmingSolution.org. “In addition, Rep. (Denny) Rehberg, Sen. (Max) Baucus and Sen. (Jon) Tester are all pushing coal development in one form or another. As the global warming threat to Montana, indeed all of humanity, steadily mounts, it’s time to leave this dirty, carbon-bearing fuel behind.”

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