Target: Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming
Goal: Veto bill seeking to outlaw large scale solar and wind power developments.
In Wyoming, a new law may ban energy utilities from using renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power to generate electricity. If this bill passes, utilities using energy generated by solar or wind power plants would face steep fines. Wyoming is the largest producer of coal in America, the fourth largest producer of natural gas and the eighth largest producer of crude oil. The state currently derives over 90 percent of its energy from coal. Of the nine legislators sponsoring the bill, most are from the state’s coal-producing counties and are climate change deniers. We must act now to protect solar and wind energy in the state.
This bill undermines any attempts to shift to renewable energy resources in Wyoming, a state with largely untapped wind and solar energy potential. It would also block Wyoming energy users from benefiting from the Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, the largest wind farm currently under construction in America. Furthermore, the passage of this law may well spur new investment in coal, causing an unsustainable energy model in Wyoming for decades to come. Sign our petition and demand that the Governor of Wyoming publicly commit to vetoing the bill.
Dear Governor Mead,
I was alarmed to hear of a law advanced in the Wyoming House of Representatives that would levy steep fines against energy utilities providing energy through renewable resources such as solar and wind power. Wyoming has one of the largest untapped wind energy generation potentials in America, and yet this bill would deny residents of Wyoming the economic benefits of wind development in terms of cheaper, cleaner energy and safer, healthier jobs.
Furthermore, fossil fuels are a significant driver of global climate change and, under America’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, the U.S. has committed to limit warming to under 2 degrees centigrade. Any impediment to the development of clean power undermines these efforts. I urge you to commit to vetoing any measure that would undermine the development of clean, renewable energy in Wyoming.
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