Neil Livingstone, successful businessman and Candidate for Governor, stated today during his Press Conference inside the State Capital,
“If elected Governor, I will not take a salary until I’ve created 1000 new private-sector jobs in this state.”
His running mate Senator Ryan Zinke made the same pledge.
Livingstone referenced a letter of interest he has secured from a Canadian company that wants to build one or more wood biomass pellet production plants in Montana.
“We have secured a letter from the Chair and CEO of Protocol Biomass Corporation, a Canadian company that recently sent one of its senior executives, Johan van’t Hof, to meet with Ryan and myself in Helena. Johan was formerly the head of the electricity practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.”
The letter goes on to say the use of
“the lodge pole pines that have been destroyed by the mountain pine beetle will be used to produce clean energy which would provide a market solution to meet the regulatory targets.”
The letter further states:
“Studies indicate that over 3 million tonnes a year of harvesting potential exists within a half mile of existing roads.”
Using metrics from other pellet mills the letter goes on to say:
“ the estimated impact would result in 1500 additional good paying jobs in the Montana wood products industry.”
In addition, Livingstone stated he and Ryan Zinke would be meeting with leading members of the oil and gas and refining industry in less than two weeks to secure their commitment to build at least one, if not two, new refineries in Montana. Livingstone went on to say he had been working on this project for months.
He also stated he has secured the interest of at least three communities in the state as the site of one of the refineries and believed that not only jobs would be created, but the growth of the oil and gas, even biodiesel, industries in this state. This in turn could lead to energy independence for this country and lower fuel prices.
Neil Livingstone is a third generation Montanan from Helena. He graduated from Helena Sr. High and earned an undergraduate degree, three Masters degrees and a Ph.D.
As a successful business man, he was the founder of GlobalOptions Inc. (GO), an international risk management and business solutions company, which he took public in 2005 (GO joined the NASDAQ in 2007). He also was Lead Director of Erickson Air-Crane, a $186.5 million company.
He has worked in more than 60 countries, and is the only candidate in the race who has been affiliated with companies that have drilled for oil and gas, mined gold and base metals, and logged.
He is the author of nine books and a veteran of more than 1,600 television appearances on national security. A life member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the National Rifle Association, Neil holds an Honorable Discharge from the USAR.
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