Schweitzer on energy self-reliance
Schweitzer is looking to help with a combination of things such as bio-fuels, wind and coal. Yes, coal - only not the way we've done coal in the past. He has big ideas for pushing FT technology and coal gasefication to utilize all the coal that Montana is sitting on - 35% of coal in the U.S. is in Montana just below the surface. As for wind power, Schweitzer proposes spending $1 billion on it in the next few years. And he wants to convert a portion of U.S. export-crops to biodiesel, and even though the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture wasn't sold on the idea, Schweitzer seems determined to find a way to do it.
"We cannont expect Washington, D.C. to lead," he said, adding that leadership will come from the states. One thing is for sure - leadership is definitely coming from Montana and Schweitzer is at the helm.