by Ed Berry
I first published this article on March 30, 2010. It is still relevant today.
Montana has vast oil, gas, coal and forest reserves that are needed by Montana and America to produce economical low-cost energy. But Montana has lost its once-powerful economic resource base because it allowed the federal government to control its energy lands.
In 2008, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leased some of Montana’s oil and gas lands to oil and gas companies.
Immediately, the Montana Environmental Information Center, the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, and Wild Earth Guardians, sued BLM, arguing that oil and gas production would produce emissions that cause climate change.
On March 18, 2010, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs that BLM must suspend its 61 leases of 38,000 acres of oil and gas land in Montana.
The plaintiffs, obviously unconcerned about the U.S. economy, announced this was a big first step in forcing BLM to address climate change. A BLM spokesman agreed this may force BLM to consider climate change before leasing lands for future energy production.
A similar lawsuit in New Mexico is contesting 70,000 acres of leased federal lands.
Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. The oil and gas industries who helped defend the case made a catastrophic mistake. They argued that natural gas was “cleaner than coal” in terms of causing climate change. They should have argued that human produced carbon dioxide or methane does not cause significant climate change and paraded in hundreds of climate scientists as expert witnesses to support their case. But they agreed that carbon dioxide and methane caused climate change.
So they lost the case before they even began.
Once you accept the pseudo-science that human emissions cause significant climate change, as promoted by the United Nations Agenda 21 global warming and sustainability goals, you have stepped into the CO2 Box. Then who cares if you argue gas is cleaner than coal? You have admitted gas is not “clean.”
The solution is to think outside the CO2 Box.