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March 28, 2008

Bozeman, MT – It's "lights out at eight" on Saturday night in Montana. Several environmental groups are promoting turning off the lights for one hour in the evening, as part of an international observance of "Earth Hour." Montana State Rep. Mike Phillips of Bozeman lists several good reasons to participate -- it will cut both power usage and climate change pollution that comes from electricity generation; and if done on a regular basis, it can also make a dent in utility bills.

"So there's more to Earth Hour than just public awareness, it actually will help. It's simple. It's effective."

The "lights out" hour starts at 8:00 PM local time, all around the world. Phillips says turning on a light switch is typically something people do without giving it much thought. He hopes "Earth Hour" will change that, prompting Montanans to consider the sources of their electric power and other resources.

"Clean water, and clear air and reliable, affordable energy should be viewed as gifts, rather than people just simply expecting them."

The Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund is encouraging Montanans to give the Earth Hour "turn-off" a try. More information about Earth Hour is available online, at www.earthhour.org.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MT