It’s not “anti-industry” to understand the reality of climate change and to advocate for policies and investments that cut the carbon footprint of fossil fuels.
In reality, the question we must wrestle with is how much environmental degradation are we willing to accept on our public lands and in the air we breath? It appears that Wyoming’s elected leaders do not want to have that conversation. Instead, Gov. Mead and his fellow Republican governors put out a “state-centric” energy policy for the entire nation — a hubristic approach to energy policy for a nation that the world looks to for leadership.
Protest if you must, but every protester should know that if they harass coal miners they are doing a huge injustice to working class Americans responsible for one of the most amazingly well-operated industries in the world. They’re also doing much more to de-legitimize reasonable criticisms of the industry and our current energy policy than they are driving smart policy.
Utility wants to convert Wyoming coal unit to natural gas Due to the increasing cost of scrubbing pollution from coal-fired power plants and the increasing availability of cheap natural gas, PacifiCorp (which operates as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming) plans to convert one-third of its Naughton power plant in western Wyoming to natural gas. It’s […]