Wyoming lawmakers have advanced a proposal to set up a fund to sue states that move away from using coal to generate electricity.

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A bill to establish a $1.2 million legal fund in the top coal-mining state advanced without objection Tuesday to a final vote in the state Senate in the days ahead.

The bill earlier passed the state House 53-7. Around 40% of the nation’s coal used in power plants comes from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.

 

The Casper Star-Tribune reports coal production has been declining as utilities switch to gas, wind and solar power.

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