A step forward

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The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 has the power to do great things for our country and state. It has the power to create thousands of jobs in Montana alone and millions throughout the country. It has the power to move our country toward energy independence, which will keep American money and jobs in America. It will also show the rest of the world that we care about the planet and are willing to make changes to move toward a better future for everyone.

The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009 is by no means perfect. It is a human solution to a human problem. Of course there will be flaws, but the important thing is to pass an act that will begin to turn the tides of global warming. The truth is we need something to work with now. We must pass this national act that has the potential to curb the impact of human fueled contamination of the environment. We have something important to work for: a healthier, cleaner America for our future generations. Whether you think global warming is completely human based or a cyclical process of the earth, you cannot deny our planet needs to be cleaned up and our children deserve to breathe cleaner air on a cleaner planet. Renewable energy is alive; coal is dead.

I ask the residents of Missoula County and beyond to contact Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus to urge them to support clean energy to protect our nation and our planet.

Stephanie Tuke

Missoula

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