Sunday, January 15, 2012

Colstrip, MT

A picture I took of the Colstrip power plant in all its glory. I found an interesting article in the Billings Gazette the other day. It details an EPA report that cites coal power plants as the main source of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. The plant in Colstrip (30 minutes from Ashland) is number eight on the list. It's a source of cheap power and is the main economic source of jobs in the community. Colstrip was named the top sports town in Montana as part of Sports Illustrated Magazine's 50th anniversary. Coincidence? I don't think so. Colstrip is a thriving community in an otherwise economically depressed part of the state, where ranching remains king. Coal has been found on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations, could possibly be a significant source of jobs. However, mining would forever change the landscape of the country. There are no easy solutions, US energy independence, global warming, jobs-its all tied up together, right here in the heart of Montana.

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