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Public Comment On PSC Petition For Rulemaking 4.8.24

Public Comment On PSC Petition For Rulemaking 4.8.24

"If the petitioners would like the PSC to implement a carbon tax on Montana utility customers through ratemaking, they should pursue future legislation which would direct the PSC to do so, rather than attempting to run it through the back door via administrative rulemaking."

By Frontier Institute

Montana 2050: Artificial Intelligence

Montana 2050: Artificial Intelligence

"We have been presented with a transformative opportunity, one in which we can embrace Artificial Intelligence to revitalize low-productivity industries that have faced decades of stagnation and decline, or one in which we reject this technology and watch as resources, workers and prosperity move to other states."

By Tanner Avery

Make Berkeley Pit Great Again

Make Berkeley Pit Great Again

"In 25 years, Montana energy companies could be installing wind turbines and solar panels built in Montana, with semiconductors and photonic technology manufactured in Montana, utilizing Rare Earth Elements extracted and processed in Montana, to export clean Montana-made energy to power the nation."

By Kendall Cotton

A New Path For Montana Education

A New Path For Montana Education

In his 2016 book, The End of Average, Todd Rose recounts a story from the 1950’s when the U.S. Air Force faced a major challenge. Pilots were struggling to control their planes leading to serious accidents and fatalities. Initial suspicions were that the jets were too advanced or that pilot training was insufficient, but the...

Humans Are Snowflakes

Humans Are Snowflakes

"We flourish to the extent we are each free to build on our uniqueness, to make our own choices, so long as we do no harm to the equal rights of others."

By Lawrence Reed

Montana Supreme Court: An Institution in Need of Reform

Montana Supreme Court: An Institution in Need of Reform

  Key Points: Since 2012, the court’s opinions generally have become clearer and the rate of discarding its own case precedents has decreased. However, the court still uses unclear opinions, and the justices frequently disregard their own rules. This is particularly noticeable in how the justices waive standing requirements for favored plaintiffs, how they review...

By Professor Rob Natelson

Modern Mining, Outdated Permitting: Black Butte Copper Mine

Modern Mining, Outdated Permitting: Black Butte Copper Mine

"Despite the critical role copper plays in environmental progress and a proposal for the most responsible copper mine in Montana history, a small number of radical groups were able to hijack our permitting process and block Black Butte for years."

By Tanner Avery

Leave Policy Making To Lawmakers

Leave Policy Making To Lawmakers

"It’s clear the proper place to address the multifarious issues raised by global climate change that concern the plaintiffs is within the democratic processes of our representative legislature — not the courts."

By Kendall Cotton

Beyond A Monopoly Mindset

Beyond A Monopoly Mindset

On June 6, 2023, Education Week published an article titled, “Charter Schools are Outperforming Traditional Public Schools: 6 Takeaways from a New Study.” Reporter Libby Stanford writes, A new study shows that charter school students are now outpacing their peers in traditional public schools in math and reading achievement, cementing a long-term trend of positive...

By Cody Bendix, Benjamin Lindquist

Black History Month In Montana

Black History Month In Montana

"He did not believe in segregating history by race, but rather, he dreamed of seamlessly incorporating the relevant history of all peoples into a unified discipline."

By Lawrence Reed