Wyoming's 'dark money' coal promotion campaign

At a Sep. 3 press conference, Gov. Mark Gordon introduced a nonprofit that’s been advocating for Wyoming’s coal industry for years: the Energy Policy Network. He announced a new contract with the group in which taxpayers would “contribute” $250,000 this year.

The governor believes there’s still a place for Wyoming’s coal in the electric utility market despite the long and accelerating shift toward renewable sources and natural gas.

“We face the challenge that many other states’ public service commissions, unfortunately, don’t see it that way,” Gordon said.

That’s where the Energy Policy Networ...


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