Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after Governor Jay Inslee announced his intentions to sign legislation that paves the way for the eventual shutdown of two coal-fired electricity units at Colstrip.

It’s too bad that Governor Inslee had to cancel his recent trip to Montana,” Daines stated. “If Governor Inslee saw the devastating impact this legislation will have on hardworking Montana families perhaps he would have reconsidered. The reality is, his signature paves the way for the eventual closure of two units of Colstrip putting Montanans out of jobs and raising energy costs for families.”

Daines just wrapped up a two and a half day energy summit in Billings where 600 folks gathered for a Montana family conversation about the state’s energy future.