Whether it is derived from coal, propane, natural gas, hydro-power, wind, or crude oil, America needs energy to function as a productive nation and to continue its advancement as a viable society. The idea of needing energy for an advancing civilization is not new, it has just been transformed over time from using human labor for energy to instead using methods that take advantage of today’s technologies.
Despite being the 4th largest state in the union and rich with natural resources, Montana is suffering from an energy crisis. Montana Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci recently appeared on Montana Gazette Radio, along with Representative Derek Skees, to break the bad news about energy to the citizens of Montana.
Skees, who has announced his intention to run for Public Service Commissioner in District 5, has a long and detailed history working with energy-related legislation and has served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations Committee.
Years and years of protests, lobbying, and lawsuits have left billions of dollars worth of resources untapped in Montana. Our resources are so plentiful that they could not only be utilized by Montana for their energy needs but there is enough to export to other locations that need them.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has already shown his ability to take the lead on controversial issues, so perhaps he is the man to take on the rabid environmental crowd and take back Montana’s resources.
Derek Skees and Randy Pinocci discuss Montana’s energy crisis in the first video below. The second video is the entire interview with Derek Skees, which Commissioner Pinocci joins in the second half.