Help Avoid More Heat Waves.
Get Montana to 80% renewable electricity by 2050.
Please donate now to fund the gathering of enough signatures by June 17th to put citizen initiative I-180 on the November ballot.
- I-180 requires Montana’s largest investor-owned utility (IOU) to cut its carbon in half by 2025. IOUs must generate 80% of their electricity from the wind, sun or other renewables by 2050.
- I-180 provides job retraining and pension security for displaced fossil-fuel workers costing an average electricity user $2.40/year.* It replaces revenue lost from the coal tax trust fund with a small substitute tax.
TO PUT I-180 ON THE BALLOT, WE NEED 24,141 SIGNATURES OF REGISTERED MONTANA VOTERS BY JUNE 17, 2016, INCLUDING 242 SIGNATURES FROM EACH OF 34 LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS.
- We need $4,000/week for the next 7 weeks to supplement our volunteer efforts. This will pay for additional hours of signature gathering and help cover printing, postage and operational expenses.
- To date we have supported this initiative through pro bono and volunteer work, in addition to approximately $9,700 in cash and in-kind contributions. Until we demonstrate additional significant grass roots support, larger amounts of money needed to counterbalance utility opposition will not flow to the I-180 effort after it gets on the ballot.
- This is a very popular measure, especially with millennials, 80% of whom want rapid deployment of non-polluting, fuel-cost-free electrical generating sources.
- For detailed information on I-180 and why the time for this initiative is now, please click here: https://www.mtcares.org/about-i-___/
*I-180 will provide for up to 2 years of retraining with full unemployment benefits plus an additional 20% of those benefits for Montana’s displaced fossil fuel workers employed by coal mines, power plants and railroads. And it will make up any deficiency in pension payments promised to workers by defunct coal mines or fossil fuel generating plants.
“Saving creation is not a spectator sport.” Lester R. Brown
Your help in accomplishing these goals is appreciated!
Paid for by MTcares, Inc., Pam Ellis, Treasurer, PO Box 51012, Billings MT 59105
MTCARES, LLC, a 401(c)(4) Montana corporation was formed to support I-180. Bozeman’s Rev. John Soderberg, his wife Donna, and Billings’ founder of Earth Hope Sister Marya Grathwohl, OSF comprise the MTCARES board. Former Billings School Board member Pam Ellis is MTCARES’ treasurer. Member of the 2007 Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team and Missoula forestry professor, Dr. Steve Running, is our science advisor. Helena’s John Hoffland coordinates statewide signature gathering. Great Falls’ native Russ Doty drafted I-180 and provides legal advice.
Your donation is not tax deductible. Information on donations above $35, is public under Montana law.