Governor Plans to Keep Fighting for Coal Industry

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Wyoming government officials will continue to fight for the coal industry. This was the statement released over the weekend by Gov. Matt Mead.

In his time as governor, he said, he’s worked with leaders from across the nation and around the world to establish partnerships and potential markets for Wyoming coal. Those meetings, he said, became an integral part of the Wyoming Energy Strategy he released in 2013.

He said the initiatives of the strategy incorporated the collective vision of Wyoming’s citizens, which are to balance energy development and conservation interests for the betterment of the state. He went on to say that the initiatives to expand markets and create opportunities for energy industries remain front and center.

In the face of a national agenda that undervalues the importance of coal, he said, quote, “it is more critical than ever that we commit to the challenges that face us and lead the way in effective solutions.”

The governor prefaced his statement by saying that the mines of Wyoming produced 361 million tons of coal through December, generating over one third of the electricity in the United States. He said coal mines employ 134,000 people across the country, of those, 6,500 are in Wyoming.

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