Montana Climate Change Data

This is a study conducted by the Science and Public Policy Institute that details Montana’s climate information over the past century or so:

MT Climate Change Data

Here are a couple of snippets:

“…even a complete cessation of all CO2 emissions in Montana will be completely subsumed by global emissions growth in just 2 weeks time! A fortiori, regulations prescribing a reduction far less than a complete cessation of Montana’s CO2 emissions would produce no detectable or scientifically meaningful impact on local, regional, or global climate.”

“Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the economic consequences of greenhouse gas emissions’ legislation…” and it goes on to list those consequences in a quantifiable, i.e. scientific way.
One of the problems we cited in our peer review of the Montana Climate Change Action Plan was that it didn’t even try to quantify the costs or the benefits of reducing greenhouse gases. All it did was assume that any decrease in gases was worth any cost of reducing them. That’s just, as Jonah Goldberg often says, silly on stilts.
The whole point of public policy is to measure costs and benefits – tangible and intangible – and to craft policies (or leave policies alone) that result in the good outweighing the bad. I would add that staying out of the way is generally a pretty good option, too, but that’s a different argument.
We’re about to get a nationally planned and coordinated climate control agenda shoved down our collective throats that’s long on rhetoric and alarmism and remarkably short on science and logic. MPI’s got a couple of products in the pipeline addressing this fast moving train, but candidly, with less than a year of operations under our belt, we don’t have nearly the resources yet to, as William F. Buckley said, stand athward history on this one. We’re going to need your help.
We’ll do our best to get real science and real data out there. You need to let your local legislators and media know that you want them to recognize there’s another side to this story and that they should make their decisions and write their stories based on the full set of facts.

Montana Taxpayer Bill of Rights (2008)

The following links examine how Montana would benefit from a more effective tax and expenditure limit. MPI is advocating policies that would: 1) limit the growth in state spending to the growth of population plus inflation, 2) ensure surplus revenue above this amount is invested in emergency and budget stabilization funds or returned to taxpayers, and 3) require voter approval for tax increases or any weakening of the amendment’s limits.

MT Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2008 MPI Policy Note

For Full TABOR Study: Montana TABOR Full Study 2008

Montana Policy Institute Website Seeks Tips on Government Waste

October 3, 2008



Bozeman, Montana–Citizens can now report government waste, fraud, and abuse at the new Montana Policy Institute website,

The Montana Policy Institute, based in Bozeman, is a member-based 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making state and local governments more accountable to the people they serve.

All citizen tips will be researched by the MPI staff, which now includes an investigative journalist.

In addition to tracking government waste, fraud, and abuse, MPI is also advocating policies to promote the liberty, prosperity, and quality of life for all Montanans by increasing government transparency and accountability. These policies would result in significant tax and spending reform, as well as provide Montanans with the ability to see where their tax dollars go and what’s being done by their government in their name.

MPI’s tax reform proposals would stop the systematic ratcheting up of spending and the growing role of government spending in the state’s economy by placing reasonable limits on spending growth. It would also build reserves during strong economic times and draw on those reserves when the economy slows and revenues decline. Excess revenues would then be returned to taxpayers in the form of rebates or permanent tax relief. Studies show that Montanans would have had over $3 billion dollars returned to them over the past 15 years under a system like the one MPI is proposing.

MPI’s Montana Transparency Project would have the state place all state and local spending on a fully searchable, downloadable, web-enabled database. Citizens and legislators could see exactly where budgeted money is spent for every department, every county, locality and school board. Government entities could easily justify funding requests based on their open, transparent, and demonstrated budgetary requirements. Contractors could see who won bids and why. Citizens could see where their hard earned tax dollars end up.

And MPI’s Objectives Based Budgeting proposals would provide a means for legislators to objectively measure Agency and Department performance in light of mutually agreed upon goals, and then to allocate tax dollars according to citizens’ needs and agencies’ performance. This would reduce or eliminate duplicative and wasteful spending, and ensure that Montanans’ hard earned money is spent on priorities rather than legacies.

MPI is Montana’s premier resource for free market, individual liberty educational and informational products. Citizens can also join MPI and donate to these projects at the website,



Carl Graham, CEO, Montana Policy Institute: 406.600.1139

John Q. Murray, Investigative Reporter: 406.721.1129,

Montana Policy Institute, 1627 W. Main St #354, Bozeman, MT 59715