Amid changing winds from Washington, Energy Transition Symposium to confront new energy realities

Chuck Henry, Chair of Chemistry at Colorado State University, talks about low cost technologies to quantify pollutants in air and water at CSU’s 7th annual Energy Transition Symposium. Oct. 31, 2017. This year’s event has been moved online due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. (©Sonar / Depositphotos)

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Wyoming seeks to stall Colorado’s exit from coal-generated electricity

In 2009, Wyoming was riding high on coal. It supplied the coal that provided roughly half the nation’s power generation. The trains out of the Powder River Basin were almost non-stop, delivering the sub-bituminous low-sulphur coal from Wyoming’s subterranean to plants as far as Florida. The Sierra Club had mounted a campaign in which it made fun of coal as a “dirty fuel.” One striking video had a lively young couple in the upper bunk delighting in the company of one another, and in the lower bunk a more pudgy young man fondling lumps of coal. Still, when this author visited Gillette, the center of the Powder River Basin, in April 2009 for a story published in Planning magazine, no evidence of great worry was evident.