Clean energy is part of Wyoming’s economic future.
Fossil fuel industries like coal, oil, and gas have historically been big parts of Wyoming’s economy, but times are changing. These industries have been declining since the 1970’s and taking good-paying jobs with them. Nearly half as many people work in coal now as ten years ago. That decline is accelerating as the world learns more about climate change and demand for fossil fuels falls.
But it’s not all bad news – Wyoming has a wealth of renewable energy, including some of the best opportunities for wind energy in the country.
The growing renewable energy industry is creating jobs and growing businesses faster than ever. Not only is renewable energy a big part of our economic future, Wyoming could be a national leader.
Opportunity for everyone
This growing industry attracts young people who want to make a difference and have a good-paying, stable job. There are also opportunities for fossil fuel industry workers who, with training, can apply their skills and experience to another energy sector. With expanding opportunities in renewable energy on the horizon, no one has to get left behind.
Let’s build our future, starting now
Wyoming lawmakers have historically supported the fossil fuel industries because they provided jobs and revenue. Today, these industries are dying and young people are leaving the state in droves to find good jobs.
But these industries aren’t going down without a fight. Coal companies are the largest voice against Wyoming’s transition and have done everything they can to keep Wyoming residents out of the conversation. These companies have pressed for higher taxation on renewable alternatives, restricting small-scale solar development, and shutting down retraining opportunities.
Our lawmakers let this happen and continue to prop up a dying industry rather than taking steps to create new jobs and stop the climate crisis.
That’s why young people, workers, families, and whole communities across Wyoming are stepping up to demand bold action from our elected officials.
It’s time to build a cleaner, healthy economy based on stable, good paying jobs in renewable energy. Add your name if you agree.