Opposed Obama's halting coal mine leasing on Federal land
In 2014, he worked with ranchers to implement voluntary conservation efforts to prevent the listing of sage grouse as an endangered species.
He framed it as a win for state management over federal intervention. In 2016, he railed against President Barack Obama's decision to halt leasing of new coal mines on federal land and withheld support for Obama's Clean Power Plan.
Source: The Nation magazine on 2020 Montana Senate race
, Jul 6, 2020
Climate change vs. jobs: that's a false choice
BULLOCK: All of us agree that we have address climate change. The Republicans won't even acknowledge that climate change is real, and that's because of the corrupting influence and money. As we transition to this clean energy economy, there are folks
that have spent their whole life powering our country, and far too often, Democrats sound like they're part of the problem. We got to make sure to aid in those transition as we get to a carbon neutral world, which I think we can do by 2020.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: We are going to provide and make sure that those workers have a transition, new jobs, healthcare and education.
BULLOCK: We've set this false choice far too often. Are we going to actually address climate change?
Or are we going to give people a better shot at a better life? You can do both, but let's actually have the scientists drive this. Let's not just talk about plans that are written for press releases.
President's role is to set direction on climate change
Q: Do you think it's possible for the next president to stop climate change?
A: "One president can't do it alone, but one president can set the direction for the country."
Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)
, Jun 18, 2019
Re-enter Paris climate agreement
Bullock has tried to balance the interests of Montana's coal industry with the need to address climate change. He criticized Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Before the Trump administration
revoked the Clean Power Plan, Bullock led an effort to comply with the Obama administration initiative to reduce pollution from power plants, but shied away from giving his full-fledged support for the policy.
Source: PBS News Hour 2020, "Where the candidate stands on 9 issues"
, May 15, 2019
Promotes wind and solar power and clean coal for Montana
Governor Bullock wants funding to expand wind and solar power projects and find cleaner ways to burn coal. "Montanans expect that we will protect our clean air and water, our lucrative outdoor heritage, our communities and our farmers and ranchers.
I am committed to sustainable and responsible development of all of our energy resources." Bullock says coal is an important part of Montana's future. But he also said the energy market is changing and there are concerns about climate change.
Source: Montana NPR on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
, Jun 21, 2016
Develop our resources for American energy independence
Steve believes Montana can:
create good paying jobs in research, technology, development and manufacturing and attract businesses to invest here,
lead the country in educational innovation, opportunity and achievement--and be a place
where students are able to graduate from college without debt,
be a place that maintains its rural identity,
responsibly develop our resources and lead the way to American energy independence and a clean energy future.