Alaska & Montana Commonalities. Glaciers* Ponds, lakes and wetlands Forest Fires/Diseases* Migratory Birds Cold Water Fish Fish Sticks and other Seafood Winter Sports Indigenous Peoples Robust Renewable Energy Potential
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“In Montana average annual air temperature has increased about 1 degree… annual snowfall has decreased by 6 to 22 inches across the state, snowmelt is occurring 2-3 weeks earlier than in 1950 and wildfires greater than 1,000 acres have increased six-fold in the last 40 years.”
Dr. Steve Running University of Montana February 2007
Global Warming in Montana
“…we’re going to have declining Dall sheep. We’re losing their habitat”Dr. John Morton - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Tim Craig, Wildlife Biologist BLM
Senator Max Baucus
“Then there is Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who among the EPW
Committee Democrats may stand out as her (Senator Boxer’s)
Then: In 2002, voted against a bill to cap carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Also opposed the McCain-Lieberman legislation in 2003 and 2005.
Now: "I'm very interested in what California is doing…On the other hand, I think we need a national system. This is a world problem. It's not a single state problem.”
“Cap and trade is very important,” he said.
“It has to be done.”