Recommendations of a special panel’s two-year effort to figure out ways to cut state energy consumption and thus do Montana’s part in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases were proudly unveiled by Gov. Brian Schweitzer last week.
The report discussed 54 specific ideas ranging from requiring utilities to include more renewable energy sources to increasing the production of crops that can be converted to biodiesel fuels. But the bottom line, at least for state government and the university system, was to cut energy use by 20 percent by 2010. The plan, said Schweitzer, is for the state to lead by example.
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