Energy and Environment
Montana is home to vast amounts of wind, solar, coal, geothermal, hydro, and natural gas resources.
Jon believes in a robust energy portfolio that taps into all of Montana’s energy resources to create good-paying jobs and generate critical tax revenue for schools and infrastructure projects, while powering homes and businesses across this country.
Jon also knows the climate is changing. He sees it firsthand on his farm, where planting and harvesting seasons are beginning earlier each year.
Jon envisions an energy economy that supports high-paying jobs and addresses the threat of climate change—an energy economy powered by Montana commonsense.
That’s why Jon has worked across the aisle to introduce legislation that will help burn coal cleaner and capture the carbon emissions from coal-powered plants.
Jon has also introduced legislation to strengthen the renewable energy sector and ensure Montana’s public lands are being used responsibly to support energy jobs.
Montana’s energy future is bright. Jon will work to keep these good-paying jobs and protect clean air and clean water for future generations.
July 8, 2020| View More
Following Tester Push, Bureau of Reclamation Agrees to More Affordable Cost Share on Milk River Infrastructure
Following a sustained push by U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to use its emergency maintenance authority to do replacement work on Drops 2 and 5 of the Milk River Project, with 35 percent of the costs to be covered by the federal government, rather than …
June 26, 2020| View More
Following news that President Trump intends to formally submit the nomination of William Perry Pendley to run the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Senator Jon Tester urged the president to expedite Pendley's nomination so he can answer for his decades of anti-public lands activism before the Senate.
June 24, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester continued his years-long push to ratify the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) Water Compact today at a historic Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on the bill, calling it a moment decades in the making and urging Congress to support the legislation.
June 23, 2020| View More
Disabled Vets Will Receive Lifetime Access to National Parks After Tester Bill Unanimously Passes Senate
After sustained efforts from U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Senate unanimously passed S.327, the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, legislation to make all veterans with service-connected disabilities eligible for a free, lifetime entry to United States national parks and other federal lands.
June 17, 2020| View More
Completing his years-long efforts to grant full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), U.S. Senator Jon Tester today led the Senate in passing the Great American Outdoors Act—legislation that will fund LWCF at $900 million annually and allocate $9.5 billion to address maintenance backlogs on public …