What do rampant beetle kill, rising temperatures, massive floods, and oil spills all have in common? They’re all being fueled by fossil-energy combustion—here in Montana, and around the planet.
Crews work to clear oil from the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana. (Jim Urquhart, AP/ July 5, 2011)
This poignant article about recent disasters in Montana, as seen through the eyes of two people who are not just fighting floodwaters and an oil spill on their property, they are also working tirelessly (as are we) to educate and inform Montanans about their clean energy options.
Alexis Bonogofsky and her partner, Mike Scott, are at the forefront of the fight against a carbon-centric vision of Montana’s future. When they aren’t growing their own food or taking care of their goats, both are full-time environmental activists: Alexis is with the National Wildlife Federation, Scott is with the Sierra Club. They don’t just fight coal and oil companies; they work to show their fellow Montanans that there are other ways to create energy and jobs.
We sent Alexis and Mike a message of solidarity and asked how we can work together in this “mother” of all fights here in Montana.