As a fifth-generation Montanan, lifelong sportsman and businessman with nearly three decades of private sector experience, Senator Steve Daines has unique insight into how the Treasure State can leverage its abundant natural resources to bolster clean energy production and grow the local economy. Bringing this perspective to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Daines has proven to be a dedicated leader who is committed to delivering sensible bipartisan solutions to his constituents.
As a proponent for an all-of-the-above approach to clean energy reform, Senator Daines led Montana’s delegation in introducing two bipartisan bills earlier this year that would complete the state’s unfinished Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam hydroelectric facilities. The completion of both hydropower projects would reduce the emission of more than 58,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and power 1,200 homes annually.
In a statement introducing the Gibson Dam (S. 490) and Clark Canyon Dam (S. 941) bills, Senator Daines said:
“The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam are critical for tax revenue and jobs in Montana communities. These bills will help create more Montana made energy projects that provide a reliable source of energy and will create good-paying jobs.”
Additionally, Senator Daines has a strong legislative record as a consistent supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a vital source for efforts to preserve local parks, recreational areas, and other famous sites and natural resources. In May, Daines urged Congress to continue funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed LWCF project, which protects the local habitat and conserves the clean water supply.
Senator Steve Daines has proven that he is committed to instilling responsible environmental stewardship into U.S. energy policy on behalf of all Montanans. CRES applauds Senator Daines as a clean energy champion and commends his leadership to preserve Montana’s clean air and water so that its residents and tourists can enjoy all the Treasure State has to offer.