While environmentalists are applying more pressure to convince state leaders to eliminate fossil fuel and coal-mining operations, Wyoming’s Gov. Mark Gordon is pushing back.
In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Gordon told legislators the state has enough savings to take time about future spending cuts as revenue declines from fossil fuels.
Yet Gordon promised not to dither amid what he described as efforts by other states to boost renewable energy sources at the expense of the coal, oil and natural gas industries.
Wyoming produces energy more safely and with more concern for the environment than anywhere else in the world, said Gordon, a Republican.
“And yet our industries are still discriminated against, maligned and decried as dead. Well, not on my watch,” Gordon said to applause and cheers from a joint session of the overwhelmingly Republican Wyoming Legislature.
Source: Associated Press