Elected officials should put as much effort into protecting the health of the communities and workers that produce Wyoming's energy as they put into protecting the industries.
I was first impacted by air pollution as a young person; I was about 10 when the term smog was coined. That's when I started to become aware that the air could be polluted. At about the same time, I was aware that the Clean Air Act was being passed and it gave me hope that the grown-ups of the world were doing what it took to make things right for the next generation.
In our state, there are several sources of air pollution that give concern. Wyoming is the largest producer of coal in the nation, and thus the largest producer of greenhouse gases that drive climate change. We are home to 9 of the 10 largest coal mines in the nation as well as the Jonah natural gas field. These mines and extractive processes produce unregulated mercury and high levels of particulate matter which make people sick.
I would like my elected officials to put as much effort into protecting the health of the communities and workers that produce the state's energy as they put into protecting the industries.