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Statement from Frank Szollosi of Montana Wildlife Federation

MONTANA — Today we are thrilled with news of a legislative breakthrough that will boost Montana wildlife, fisheries, forests and communities and reduce our carbon emissions 40% by 2030. And by lowering energy costs, we reduce inflation. MWF calls for swift action and the support of Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines.

Hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, bird watchers, and conservationists of all stripes have long advocated for Congress to act on climate. We understand the long established science, and bear witness to the impacts as our Montana fisheries warm and our public lands and communities endure ever-more devastating floods and wildfires. And three-quarters of respondents in a recent Montana State University survey of farmers and ranchers reported anxiety from the uncertainty driven by climate change.   

As recently as two weeks ago, MWF was back in DC speaking up for action on climate. See image below.

The historic Inflation Reduction deal announced this week includes:

—  natural climate solutions that will build the resilience of Montana’s wildlife, fish, forests, streams, rivers, prairies and farms, and ranches

—  first meaningful oil and gas leasing reform in 100 years, protecting critical Montana habitat, wildlife, and taxpayers

—  $5 billion in grants to support healthy, fire-resilient forests, forest conservation, and urban tree planting

—  investments in U.S. clean energy manufacturing

—  investments in Montana communities, including tribes, long impacted by environmental injustices

—  more than $20 billion to support climate-smart agriculture practices

—  tax credits for electric vehicles


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