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A Semester of Blue Skies

Post by Rebecca Singleton, Blue Skies Campaign’s Spring 2014 intern: This semester I had the opportunity to intern with the Blue Skies Campaign. I worked with the Blue Skies team to try to make Montana a cleaner state. Throughout the semester I had a variety of jobs, mostly involving spreading awareness on the problems of coal exports…

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Hundreds of Montanans Rally for Action on Climate Change

Post by Nick Engelfried: On Saturday, April 26th, hundreds of people affiliated with more than seventy organizations gathered at rallies in thirteen Montana communities to support taking immediate steps to curb climate change.  From Missoula to Billings and from Lame Deer to Kalispell, ordinary Montanans came together to show our elected officials that we want solutions…

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Citizens Block Coal Train with Civil Disobedience

MISSOULA – Members of the organizations Blue Skies Campaign and 350-Missoula participated in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience next to Montana Rail Link (MRL) tracks on Sunday, to prevent the passage of a coal train through Missoula.  Seven people held a peaceful sit-in on MRL property and stretched a banner across the tracks, while…

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Take Action for the Climate on April 26th!

At 1:00pm on Saturday, April 26th, concurrent with rallies in thirteen other communities around Montana, Missoulians will rally at the XXXs on North Higgins for Montanans for Climate Solutions, a multi-community event that will call on state and federal officials to take decisive and clear action to reduce dangerous carbon pollution and support proactive steps to solve…

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200+ Montanans Rally for a Coal Free Future

Today, February 22nd, more than 200 Montanans from all walks of life rallied outside the Missoula County Courthouse to show public officials we refuse to let our communities be sacrificed to the coal industry.  While a light snow sifted from the sky, a group that included students, elders, working people, residents of rail line neighborhoods,…

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Grilling Governor Bullock on Coal Exports

Posted by Nick Engelfried When the elected official with more power than any other to deliver your campaign goal comes to speak at your local university, you kind of have to show up.  Accordingly, when Blue Skies Campaign learned Montana Governor Steve Bullock was scheduled to speak at the UM campus in Missoula Tuesday, a…

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2013: A Big Year for Fighting Coal Exports

2013 was a big year for the movement to stop Montana coal exports.  In 2013, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality held its public scoping comment period on Arch Coal’s proposed Otter Creek Mine.  In a temporary victory for communities affected by coal pollution, the DEQ determined Arch’s application was deficient, meaning Arch has to…