Gordon Talks Climate Change, Lodging Tax At Press Assn Banquet

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he believes climate change is a man-made problem, but that addressing it doesn’t have to come at the expense of fossil fuels.

Gordon spoke Friday at the Wyoming Press Association banquet in Casper and argued that Wyoming, the nation’s top coal-producing state, could be ground zero at coming up with solutions for climate change

The governor pointed to the University of Wyoming, which is researching carbon-capture technologies and has received grants to study the feasibility of carbon sequestration and different ways of burning coal to produce the least amount of greenhouse gases.

Gordon also told the banquet that a statewide lodging tax is the only new tax he would support in next month’s 4-week budget-focused legislative session. He backs it because it would make the state’s tourism promotion efforts more self-sufficient.

A 5% statewide lodging tax estimated to bring in about $20-million dollars a year passed the Wyoming House last year but failed in the Senate.

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