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NPRC Holds Annual Members Meeting

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The ongoing dispute of coal and its manufacturing is always a hot button topic, but it's one the Northern Resource Council and some of the key speakers at its annual membership meeting are tackling.

"This is an organization that works on Montana community interests. It tries to make sure that Montanans voices are heard in decisions that are made about resources," said speaker Clark Williams-Derry, Programs Director at the Sightline Institute in Seattle.

Speakers highlighted many things from climate change and renewable energy to things like food systems, environmental justice and even coal exportation. "We think that the future for Montana's may not be in coal production. It may be in clean energy, it may be in other kinds of energy resources that are sort of more local and homegrown, rather than exporting our coal to China," said William-Derry.

With coal usage going beyond the realm of energy production, also being used in everything from concrete and steel manufacturing to bike frames and tennis racquets, it is still unclear exactly what alternatives exist.