Montana Rep: Global Warming Good for the Economy

Photo by <a href="">tylerjswenson</a>/Flickr

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.”


The more we thought about how MoJo's journalism can have the most impact heading into the 2020 election, the more we realized that so many of today's stories come down to corruption: democracy and the rule of law being undermined by the wealthy and powerful for their own gain.

So we're launching a new Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption. We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We'll publish what we find as a major series in the summer of 2020, including a special issue of our magazine, a dedicated online portal, and video and podcast series so it doesn't get lost in the daily deluge of breaking news.

It's unlike anything we've done before and we've got seed funding to get started, but we're asking readers to help crowdfund this new beat with an additional $500,000 so we can go even bigger. You can read why we're taking this approach and what we want to accomplish in "Corruption Isn't Just Another Scandal. It's the Rot Beneath All of Them," and if you like how it sounds, please help fund it with a tax-deductible donation today.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

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


Support our journalism

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