A majority of Montana's Congressional Delegation is sounding off. This, after the head of the EPA claimed that Colstrip is "cheating the system."

ICYMI- Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-MT01) got into a tense back and forth with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan this week due to the Biden Administration's efforts to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Montana.

Zinke went off after Regan claimed that Colstrip was "cheating the system." What I found the most interesting was how the EPA Administrator was asked if he had ever even been to the state of Montana. He apparently has not ever even visited Big Sky Country, yet he wants to turn off our power. What a pretentious response from the EPA Administrator.

Rep. Zinke: "In every hearing with Biden Administration’s highest-level officials, I’ve asked if they were aware of specific policies that would drastically change the lives of almost every Montanan, and they don’t seem to care – if they know what their department is doing at all. It’s shameful and disappointing that we have an administration chalk full of talking heads ran by radicals who don’t seem to understand how shutting down American energy hurts everyone outside of the beltway and helps our adversaries.

While I haven't seen any reaction from Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) standing up for Colstrip and the union jobs located there, Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) said this:

Sen. Daines: "The Biden administration’s accusation that Colstrip is ‘cheating the system’ is a reprehensible lie and an attack on Montanans and our Montana way of life. The crushing mandates and regulations the Biden EPA issued last week were bad enough. Now we know the Biden administration will flat out lie in order to enact its climate agenda."

Montana's Eastern District Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT02) also made a great point about mercury and the Yellowstone River.

Rep. Rosendale: "The EPA emissions standards created for Colstrip Power Plant are unrealistic at best. Furthermore, accusing Colstrip of cheating the system for producing too much mercury while the naturally occurring mercury in the Yellowstone River far exceeds the amount of mercury Colstrip produced is disingenuous. This is just another example of the EPA’s overreach targeting Montana’s businesses, economy, and citizens by creating emissions standards that are out of touch with scientific findings and the real-life impact.”

Scroll to the 32 minute mark of the below video for the line by the EPA Administrator about Colstrip "cheating the system."


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