The years-long, politically charged fight over permitting what would be the first new Wyoming coal mine in decades resumed Wednesday with familiar arguments from both sides.
The unprecedented pinch on electrical power demand due to the economic shutdown has hit coal much harder than other power generation sources.
The cost of short-term relief measures will have to be billed down the line — perhaps with interest — as will the utility revenue lost to plummeting industrial demand.
If Wyoming is going to survive this historic economic transition, columnist Bleizeffer writes, leadership is going to have to realize it cannot save the coal industry.
Calls and crime are down, at least one jail turned detainees loose and new protocols are designed to minimize contacts but “We’re still police officers. We’re still enforcing the law.”