Glenn Woods Responds To Governor Gordon’s Energy Op-Ed
Recently Wyomiing's Governor Mark Gordon wrote a letter to the editor explaining his position on Wyoming energy.
His letter was, in part, responding to the criticism he received after comments he made at Harvard, regarding his desire to move Wyoming toward a "Negative Emission" goal.
In response, the Governor's own political party issued a letter of no confidence to express their displeasure.
I want to respond to Governor Gordon's letter to the editor by focusing on a few key points he made.
That is why an all-of-the-above approach is urgent. Are there new industries entering the state? Yes. Are we abandoning traditional fossil energy? Categorically no! Gov. Gordon.
Folks here in Wyoming don't have an issue with new forms of energy entering the state.
What we worry about is where the money comes from to pay for it. Wind and solar are heavily subsidized by the federal government. Considering the dismal success rate of government-funded programs, let the free market decide what energy is best.
Wyomingites get a little tired of hearing that wind and solar are clean, green, sustainable, reliable, and affordable. These forms of energy have proven again and again to be the opposite of that. I've written about why in the past and you can find a link to that article here.
What we are doing is pointing out that coal, oil and gas hold a solution to the growing calls to produce more energy and reduce CO2 in our atmosphere.
CO2 is not a pollutant. It does not need to be reduced. Some scientists have even suggested we need more CO2 to maintain a healthy atmosphere.
Here is a video of Dr. Pactric Moore, co-founder of Green Peace, explaining why CO2 is good and why we need more of it.
Whether warranted or not, climate concerns have shaped opinions that affect both the regulatory framework and market acceptance for the energy Wyoming produces. Gov. Gordon.
Arguments and debates are not won by giving in to what appears to be the popular opinion.
Remember the first guy to claim that all of the planets, including Earth, revolve around the Sun was burned at the stake. The second guy who said it was Galileo. He was accused of heresy and placed under house arrest for life.
Let's not forget the words of President Biden and other environmental extremists. They want to keep all coal, gas, and oil in the ground. No matter if we sequester CO2 in the ground or capture it out of thin air.
To keep Wyoming's energy industry going we need to fight against these ideas, not go along with them.
SIDE NOTE ABOUT GOVERNOR GORDON: As a talk show host I've found that many people feel the need to demonize a person they disagree with. Dr. Martin Luther King was correct when he spoke about judging a man by the content of his character. Governor Gordon is a man of good character. We just disagree on this and a few other issues.
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