Cheney said she was significantly more concerned with the expansion of the "bureaucratic" state, pointing to President Barack Obama's executive actions to regulate greenhouse gas emissions--which contribute to global warming--and Democrats' so-called "war on coal."
Cheney also criticized those who are concerned about climate change last year during her failed primary bid against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). In June, she told conservative host Sean Hannity that "the science is just simply bogus, you know, we know that temperatures have been stable for the last 15 years."
While in office, Dick Cheney fought hard against any efforts to take global warming seriously as well. He blocked testimony on the issue and worked to undercut environmental rules for the benefit of businesses.
We should not just extract and export our energy, we should look for value-added projects that use some of our energy here. For example, our superb wind resources partner well with natural gas-fired turbines which fill out the energy stream during lulls in the wind. We should develop both wind and gas-fired turbine projects, where possible. I support current efforts for those working on such projects.
And, why not manufacture wind turbine components here, too? Let's build the items needed to develop our wind resources right here in Wyoming. This is doable. Such manufacturers are looking a Wyoming now, and I am a supporter. This is an example of how we build on Wyoming's natural advantages to diversify our economy and create jobs.
I am skeptical about man-made global warming without more and better science; but I am not skeptical about growing demand by our energy customers for cleaner coal and gas, and I am not skeptical about our oil industry's need for carbon injection technology for enhanced oil recovery. Improved technologies provide a benefit to companies and help them remain profitable.
Wyoming is on the cutting edge of many technologies. We have laws in place and projects underway. Technology will help keep our energy industry competitive. I would look favorably on legislation sent my way to foster science and commercial applications--remembering that advances in energy technology will only occur if energy companies remain profitable.
Wyoming is in a position to benefit greatly from the current energy crisis, either with natural gas or with coal. The dramatic rise in state revenues is almost entirely due to the extraordinary demand for natural gas. We can continue to supply what the market seems to demand. We could and should encourage added generation capacity in Wyoming and push for even cleaner coal technology above Wyoming’s already high standards.
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