Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon delivered his annual State of the State address to the legislature on Tuesday and used it to announce a plan that will eventually have the state capture more carbon dioxide than it emits.
Gov Gordon highlighted Wyoming’s resilience and continued economic improvement from the pandemic and the subsequent crash in energy prices – saying this year’s legislative session is all about recognizing that frugal times are continuing
He spoke of the importance of the tourism industry, the ag sector, and encouraging economic diversification, but emphasized his commitment to the state’s energy economy and its fiscal health.
Gordon said Wyoming can and must be a leader in carbon capture and other emerging technologies while still pursuing the development of renewable resources such as wind and solar as well as coal, oil, and natural gas.
The Governor also reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the fossil fuels industry and pushing back against the Biden administration’s climate change oil and gas orders – calling them more like science fiction than science.
On the issue of K-12 funding, Gordon said the current model is no longer sustainable and called for stakeholders and communities to be involved in establishing a plan and vision because education “is far more than a budget issue.