Montana Rep: Global Warming Good for the Economy

Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tylerjswenson/4153472298/">tylerjswenson</a>/Flickr

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


This week, global warming is getting some love from Montana State Rep. Joe Read, a Republican, who has introduced legislation claiming that “global warming is beneficial to the welfare and business climate” of his state. Yes, that’s the same state where Glacier National Park is currently melting. Scientists predict that the park’s glaciers could disappear by 2030 or even sooner.

Read, who believes that global warming is natural and not caused by humans, did not immediately return a call requesting comment. He did, however, speak with Think Progress‘s Brad Johnson and expressed par-for-the-course GOP skepticism about the science behind climate change:

The science is driven by grant money. It’s all on the side for writing studies that global warming is happening. There’s nothing on the side that says I wish to write a paper that global warming is not an issue. Money has been flowing into the grant purse.

He also told Johnson that he’s opposed to “pushing the agenda of global warming,” which is “about directing levies and fees for carbon credits so the federal government gets an income source” and “potentially could destroy the economy of Montana and the United States.”

State Rep. Mike Phillips, a Democrat and vice chairman of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks committee, told Mother Jones that “the whole notion that we will somehow benefit from climate change is absolutely ludicrous and this bill is a waste of the Legislature’s time.”

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. It's our first time asking for an outpouring of support since screams of FAKE NEWS and so much of what Trump stood for made everything we do so visceral. Like most newsrooms, we face incredibly hard budget realities, and it's unnerving needing to raise big money when traffic is down.

So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

IT'S NOT THAT WE'RE SCREWED WITHOUT TRUMP:

"It's that we're screwed with or without him if we can't show the public that what we do matters for the long term," writes Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein as she kicks off our drive to raise $350,000 in donations from readers by July 17.

This is a big one for us. So, as we ask you to consider supporting our team's journalism, we thought we'd slow down and check in about where Mother Jones is and where we're going after the chaotic last several years. This comparatively slow moment is also an urgent one for Mother Jones: You can read more in "Slow News Is Good News," and if you're able to, please support our team's hard-hitting journalism and help us reach our big $350,000 goal with a donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate