Governor Says Coal Exports Critical to State's Industry

Gaining access to deep-water ports for exports to Asian markets is crucial to the future of Wyoming’s coal industry.

This was the message emphasized by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead this week when talking to the governor of Oregon. His meeting with Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday followed his meeting Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Mead is a Republican while both other governors are Democrats.

Both Oregon and Washington government officials have been cool to the prospect of allowing coal exports, according to reports released by The Associated Press. State officials have said any analysis of burning coal in Asia needs to consider the effect on global climate change. Wyoming is the nation's leading coal-producing state. Lower natural gas prices and stiffer federal emissions regulations are driving down domestic demand. Mead says he believes Wyoming has a right under interstate commerce to export coal.

(From information provided by The Associated Press.)

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