Wyoming's Governor Gordon claims state can help solve climate problem

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says the state can help solve the problem of climate change while it produces more coal.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's governor says his state can be part of solving the problem of climate change while producing more coal than any other.

Gov. Mark Gordon told the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that Wyoming can do environmental regulation better than "anywhere else in the world" when it comes to mining coal and burning it to make electricity.

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Gordon says carbon-capture research in Wyoming shows the state is "about solutions" and will stand up for its right to sell coal overseas. The Gillette News-Record reports Wyoming is involved in litigation that seeks to allow a coal-export terminal in Washington state.

Weakened demand due to competition from natural gas and renewable energy has taken a toll on Wyoming's coal industry. Gordon says he nonetheless expects the industry will thrive.