Schweitzer, governors refine clean coal policies

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer says a meeting he had over the weekend with a dozen Democratic governors allowed them to refine their objectives for clean coal technology.

The Democratic Governors Association meeting in Big Sky was aimed at advancing policy initiatives. Schweitzer is vice chairman of the group.

Schweitzer said he wants the DGA to push Congress to deal with greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a fee on emissions which would be used to advance greener technologies like carbon sequestration.

He says the governors are in a position to push the fee, which Schweitzer prefers to plans for a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax.

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U.N. ambassadors meet with Schweitzer

Gov. Brian Schweitzer met Monday with four ambassadors to the United Nations, talking about cleaner ways of using energy and other issues.

Schweitzer told the ambassadors that “clean and green” energy is the biggest issue facing the world.

The representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iraq and Thailand traveled to the state as part of a delegation looking to Montana as an innovator in the use of environmentally friendly technology and energy efficient programs.

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