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Montana Selling Coal To Australia And China

Montana Selling Coal To Australia And China
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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has been making deals with Australia and China to sell them coal from Montana, which has the largest coal reserves of any state in the U.S.

As a result, an Australian company said it is buying an interest in coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, a move that comes as interest increases in shipping the product overseas to feed growing energy demands in Asia.

Montana Governor Selling Out To Foreign Coal Companies

From The Missoulian:

“This is a good company from Australia who is well funded, well banked, and they have bought a mine in Montana and have every intention to ship it to Asia,” Schweitzer said. “It’s a great story. My role in this is a catalyst to bring some capital to a resource in Montana.”

According to Schweitzer,  the coal mine deal represents a chance to further expand energy development in eastern Montana. The governor said he expects the biggest demand for the product will be overseas. Since many of Montana’s coal resources are yet untapped, this is an indication that he could open them up and wreak havoc on the state’s environment.

Ambre Energy Limited said it bought a 50 percent interest in the Decker Coal Company in southern Montana and the Black Butte Coal Company in Wyoming, along with an interest in other coal reserves in the region. The company did not disclose the price. Earlier this year they bought an interest in a Columbia River shipping port near Longview, Washington.

The company said the coal plant deal was initiated at the urging of Schweitzer, who introduced the parties and has been looking for ways to develop more Montana resources.

Destruction Of Beautiful Montana

As someone who has spent many vacations hiking and backpacking in the amazing Montana wildness, I am outraged and also deeply saddened.

And now Governor Schweitzer plans on making a deal with China.

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6:08PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Global foreign governments try to get our states into selling anything. Next thing the Governor will be selling people and animals for hits and killings.

3:31AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

I guess if Obama's shutting coal down ---- they have to sell it somewhere so maybe it's partly his fault! Thanks!

2:18AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

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7:03AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

I am so sick of corperations trying to get richer and richer by selling us out. We have a dire need of taking care of our own country and instead of doing this these companies keep making money selling us out. I so tired of trying to help fix other countries and not fixing our own....our children are hungry, we need to fix our own country first and take care of our own problems before we even consider making a profit....Bunch of greedy old bastards....

10:59AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

7:35AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Raccons are so cute! They were really lucky to have you!

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10:58AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

that is a good idea

6:06AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Oh hell no!
I've had a running mutual dislike society running with this idiot for almost a year now.
It was started because of his dislike and total disregard for bison in the Yellowstone region of MT. It got worse when he bragged that "He'd probably killed more buffalo than any other MT. governer."
From there it morphed into bear,coyote, wolves and yes, coal.
But to sell out the health of his own constituents, as well as the environment like this is a total betrayal.
He slept with the cattlemen and got up with mad cow...he's not worthy to breathe even the toxin filled air of his own state..he's one horrible piece of work and needs to be "overthrown".
And hopefully sued by a whole lot of people

5:41AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

This is not right! Our country needs what it has for its own people. These other countries have their own resources to use. Why take from us and give to those that have more ?

2:22AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Dirty coal is dirty no matter where it is. Just because Montana can doesn't mean it should. It's a step backward. Now is the time to get on the Clean Air band wagon.

1:34AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

No more coals should come out of the ground. We need a crash transition to renewable alternative energy.

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