Breathing has been in short supply at our house lately.
As often happens during the change of seasons (many of you moms know!), our family came down with the cold/flu bug this past week. Neosporin and lotion has been applied to sore noses, tissues have been bought in bulk, and chicken noodle soup has warmed many achy bellies.
The last day or two we’ve been blowing our noses a little less, we’ve been getting outside a little more, and we’ve been breathing in a lot of fresh, clean Montana air through our recently cleared sinuses.
Clean air isn’t something I typically think about as being ‘at risk’ in Montana. Our skies are big and blue and beautiful. Our rivers and lakes look clear. But, that’s not necessarily true. The truth is, our children’s clean air and clean water is in danger.
Energy across the US is often rather dirty business. As I type this post in my office, coal trains are lumbering by my office door. Fossil fuels have historically fueled our homes and vehicles, and powered our planes and boats. However, technology has evolved to create opportunities for clean power through wind, solar and other methods that don’t include the by-products so scary for our rivers, lakes and air.
It IS true that Montana is still the last best place. And we look to our elected officials to maintain that status. Just last month, over a hundred kiddos and parents joined Governor Bullock in Helena to chat about ways to plan for our children’s energy future. Governor Bullock stated, “Every child in Montana has the right to clean air. And that right is my responsibility.”
Now is the time for our elected officials to plan for our future in clean energy. Montana is overflowing with wind and solar opportunities. We have the technology and residents dedicated to keeping Montana the last best place, for our kids and our grandkids.
As my family healed from our colds, we relished in breathing in the clean Montana air again. That opportunity is not something I take for granted. Our children’s future is in our hands. Let’s create a realistic clean energy plan today, and send this generation and the next to work powering the Big Sky.