State of Wyoming Archives: on Energy & Oil

Matt Mead: $10M prize for making a useful product from captured CO2

We not only want to be the energy state in terms of production, we want to be the energy state in terms of innovation, and we can be. The carbon initiative looks at building an industry around CO2. This means investing in advanced energy technologies and innovation. Integrated Test Center under construction now at the Dry Fork Station in Gillette is part of this effort. The relationships we fostered with XPrize has now put together a $10 million prize for the team that can figure out to how to capture that CO2 but not only capture it but use it to make it a useful product. This has not only brought attention in Wyoming to how we help further coal, but around the country.

It's very important to have that innovation here in Wyoming. An industrial park project for value-added energy products, that is uses beyond extraction, is also a part of the carbon initiative.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Liz Cheney: What should be done about climate change? Nothing!

Liz Cheney did not hesitate when asked what the Republican Party should do to address climate change. "Nothing," she immediately replied.

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.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Jul 14, 2014

Liz Cheney: Fight back against President Obama's war on coal

As Liz has traveled Wyoming, visiting with people about their concerns, she has emphasized the importance of reversing the Obama administration's policies and getting our nation back on track. At a recent energy conference in Gillette, she noted that Wyoming will likely suffer more than any other state if we don't fight back against President Obama's war on coal.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "About" Oct 9, 2013

Matt Mead: Export wind energy, build wind turbines here

To create jobs, and to grow and diversify our economy, we should build on Wyoming's natural advantages--our energy, ag, tourism, and great workforce.

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.

Source: 2011 Wyoming State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Matt Mead: Skeptical about man-made global warming; support oil & gas

We must continue to support all our extractive industries. With respect to our coal and our oil and gas industries, I support research and development of carbon capture and sequestration technology.

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.

Source: 2011 Wyoming State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Dave Freudenthal: We have doubled the take-away capacity of natural gas

Since 2003, we have more than doubled the take-away capacity of natural gas out of this state. So while you have had a decline in price, it has been offset by the fact that you have had an increase in volume relative to previous declines in this state, and that makes a significant difference. The efforts of the Pipeline Authority and those who supported it also had a bearing. When other states say Wyoming is so lucky, I don't think it is so much luck. Hard work makes it look like luck.
Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Tim Chesnut: Promote increased use of alternative fuels

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Jim Geringer: Expand energy infrastructure & exploration

The lesson [of this year’s energy crises] is that energy today isn’t just dependent upon OPEC. We have a shortage of infrastructure, such as pipelines to carry oil and gas, transmission lines to carry electricity, and refineries to process raw petroleum. We have limits on exploration for new energy production and an alarming shortage of electrical generation capacity. The current crisis in California is in large part due to past actions by California that discouraged new natural gas pipelines into the state and California’s reluctance to build new generation capacity.

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.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

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