President Joe Biden wasted no time this week in beginning to make good on one of his key campaign promises — eliminate power generation from fossil fuels by 2035.

Eagle Butte Mine

Trucks haul coal from the pit at the Eagle Butte mine north of Gillette on Wednesday afternoon. Wyoming’s energy industry and officials are reacting to President Joe Biden’s moves for the United States to re-enter the 2015 Paris Agreement and a moratorium on new federal oil and gas leases and permits.

Just hours after his inauguration Wednesday, the 46th president signed an executive order for the United States to re-enter the 2015 Paris Agreement. Less than 24 hours later, he placed a 60-day moratorium on new federal oil and natural gas leases and permits.

Wyodak Power Plant

Steam and gas rise from the stacks at the Wyodak Power Plant in Campbell County.

Mine flyover

The Black Thunder coal mine near Wright is one of the largest-producing thermal coal mines in the world.

ITC stack

The Dry Fork Station power plant north of Gillette is one of the newest coal-fired power plants in the United States and has partnered with the Integrated Test Center to research how to effectively capture carbon dioxide emissions.

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Rejoining the Paris Climate agreement won't solve climate change, no one has ever said it would. But it is a place to begin discussion and ideas. If the US is not at the table then we get no say in what happens. Wyoming is going to have to come to grips with the fact that the world is going ahead with climate change solutions and if we don't join into the talks and find solutions we will just be sitting here crying into a bucket of coal dust.


And yet, being responsible and working on continuous improvement in the utilization or our fossil fuels, doesn't seem to be good enough for those who oppose it. Even our Mayor is in support of the Paris Climate agreement, as pointed out in an opinion piece by CNN, (see website today). Doing away with Wyoming coal is the last thing that folks should be looking at, as there is far worse to be burning. We'll see where the new regulations put natural gas; see our heat, electricity, and gas prices rise, while our paychecks deteriorate, and listen to the constant whining from those who support renewable energy as a main source of power.

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