Ironically, while the Republican ostriches were burying their collective heads in the sand, Gov. Brian Schweitzer was hosting U.N. ambassadors from Denmark, Finland, Iraq and Thailand. Their mission is to find out why individual U.S. states are moving forward with measures to address climate change while the federal government remains obstinately inert. Some might argue that if Schweitzer was so committed to “clean and green” energy, he should have personally appeared in front of the Environmental Quality Council and endorsed the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Committee, instead of hobnobbing with the ambassadors. On the other hand, had those ambassadors seen our Republican legislators “in action” on climate change, I suspect they would have high-tailed it out of Montana with a considerably less favorable impression of state efforts.
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