State of Wyoming Archives: on Environment

Matt Mead: Improve Endangered Species Act: only 1% ever got delisted

Among 11 new initiatives, we're working to make changes in the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. Since 1973, all the species listed, a little over just one percent have ever been delisted. It needs help. As chairman of the Western Governors Association, my initiative was to get the western states on board to change and improve the Endangered Species Act, and as you can be aware, all western states don't have the same politics as Wyoming has. While we worked together with outdoor groups, with environmental groups, we put together a proposal, and I'm pleased to say in June of last year Western Governors voted unanimously for improvements to the Endangered Species Act. We're now going to take it to the National Governors Association, and we're going to take it to Congress. It's time to make improvements to the Endangered Species Act.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Charlie Hardy: Invest in environmentally-responsible infrastructure

Our infrastructure--the roads, bridges, and water systems that connect us--must be improved. We need to invest in public transit, and far more renewable energy. I will work hard to make sure that tax dollars help create a more reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible infrastructure and energy supply.

These policy priorities reflect progressive values that I have championed for decades as a public speaker, writer, priest and pastor. I have dedicated all my life to speaking out and standing side by side with people in their struggle for justice. I marched on Solidarity Day in 1968 from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. I stood by the railroad tracks in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to protest war and spending waste as the white trains carried nuclear warheads to the West Coast. While serving as a missionary in Venezuela, I lived in a cardboard and tin shack without running water or sewers for eight years in a barrio of Caracas.

Source: Democracy For America on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Aug 19, 2014

Liz Cheney: Oppose intrusive practices of the EPA

After President Obama took office and the dangerous direction of his administration became clear, Liz founded Keep America Safe, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the United States secure from terrorist threats. A strong conservative voice, she appears frequently on television drawing attention to the threats to liberty posed by the Obama administration, from its use of the IRS to target political opponents to its effort to limit our second amendment rights. As a Fox News Contributor, Liz appeared numerous times as a guest-host for Sean Hannity and spoke out on a number of topics, including the intrusive practices of the Environmental Protection Agency, which recently released private information about thousands of ranchers and farmers
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "About" Oct 9, 2013

Matt Mead: Mineral production resources equate to tremendous value

We remain number one in trona production; we have 70% of the world's supply of bentonite; we are number one in coal production; we are number one in uranium reserves; and year in and year out we rank first or second in natural gas production. These resources equate to tremendous value. The total value for minerals produced in Wyoming hit $15.5 billion dollars in 2010, the second best year ever and up 23% since 2009. Wyoming remains strong in minerals.
Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Matt Mead: With courts wolf management, winners are lawyers & wolves

I am asking for your support on my proposed wolf plan. After years of court battles, where every year the number of wolves increases by about 10 percent, where we have lost the ability to manage that which belongs to us--our wildlife, where wolves threaten our Agriculture, wildlife and outfitters, it is time to move forward.

We must accept the fact--if Wyoming is to have wolves and it is clear that we are--we have a scientifically sound approach that gives us management and the ability to have a balance in terms of numbers. If we don't move forward, we diminish our state's rights and miss an opportunity to achieve greater balance.

Some disagree with my plan, instead believing a solution lies in the hands of a few judges and we should continue in the courts. To date we have not gained the ability to manage wolves, the numbers keep going up, and the only proven winners have been the attorneys and the wolves.

Source: Wyoming 2012 State of the State Address Feb 13, 2012

Dave Freudenthal: One year moratorium on eminent domain for wind power-lines

In the Industrial Siting Act, two items are controversial: One is my suggestion that we suspend wind generation companies' power of condemnation to build collector power-lines. I do this mindful of the fact that it is going to produce some significant controversy.

The exercise of eminent domain by a private party is the exercise of a state authority granted by the Legislature. It is a decision by the Legislature to prefer one group's property rights over those of another.

When wind companies say t you, "We don't use eminent domain," the truth is we have not used a nuclear bomb since World War II, but the existence of the deterrent nuclear arsenal has colored every discussion about international and national security in that time.

The same is tru with regard to eminent domain. The fact it is not used does not mean it is not a part of the conversation. I am not suggesting we do away with it forever. I am suggesting we take a one-year hiatus. This moratorium is limited to collector lines.

Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

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