Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Missoula Ice Cream Social

Well, this posting is completely out of sequence.  I couldn't figure out where I put these pictures, but I finally found them !

Montana is one of the states that is considering legislation that may reduce the effectiveness of Clean Air laws that have already been passed.   And lots of businesses that pollute are upset with the efforts of the EPA to enforce the Clean Air Act.   Which,by the way, was passed by bipartisan legislation from both parties, by Senators and Representatives who saw the benefits to the overall nation by having clean air and people who were not sick from pollution.

But some companies and some legislators believe that emission controls are a hinderance to business and getting rid of them will help to create jobs.  In fact, in many cases, the opposite has been proven to be true.  So Renee Klein from the ALA office in Seattle came out to Missoula, Montana, to meet with some of the state legislators and with the mayor of Missoula, and our Big Rider group was invited to an ice cream social at the "Big Dipper" in Missoula as representatives of ALA.

Big Riders at the Big Dipper

Jim, Reesh, the Mayor, Renee, Rob

Steve, Jeffrey, the Mayor, Liz, Ben, Doron, Reesh, Yugi

It was a rainy day, and we assembled with our Big Ride bicycle jerseys on.   Renee made a short talk and then John Engen, the Missoula mayor, spoke for a few minutes.  In the photos, you can see the red baby carriage, which is a symbol of the American Lung Association's campaign for Clean Air.

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