Someone might already be in their cups.
If you’ve been following People’s Voice, Intelligent Discontent, or Ghost of Tom Joad, you know MEIC (the Montana Environmental Information Center) has been helping Talen Energy and Puget Sound Energy so they can avoid any responsibility for the devastation they are causing in Colstrip, MT after reaping profits for decades. Some people have suggested a backroom deal.
Strangely, MEIC’s opposition to Senate Bill 338 places them in the minority when it comes to both the progressive and environmental movements. Montana’s major conservation groups either support or are neutral on SB 338. SB 338 is also supported by most elected Democrats, including Governor Bullock and liberal Senators and Representatives.
Today, MEIC’s Executive Director Jim Jensen took to the comment section of People’s Voice to mock the defeat of SB 338 and the fate of many Montana families:
The comment was made on our post ‘These 8 Legislators Are Standing Up For Montana and Supporting SB 338.‘ The “Chris” Jensen is referring to is Chris Cavazos, Montana AFL-CIO Political Director who has been working to build a diverse coalition in support of SB 338.
Moving past the fact that Jensen’s comment is rife with both spelling and grammatical errors, it’s shocking that the Executive Director of MEIC would admit they are corporate sell-outs helping big utilities kill a bill that would have helped so many working Montanans transition after Units 1 & 2 close in Colstrip. I guess we now know just how much respect this organization and its leadership have for working-class Montanans.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by Mr. Jensen’s callous outburst today. In the early 1990s, Jim Jensen was barred from the Montana Legislature for assaulting Senator Henry McClernan of Butte.
If you’re interested in getting in touch with Jim Jensen, his email can be found here.