The drop in Wyoming coal production affects not only the employees and their families, but everyone of us living in Wyoming.
“The coal industry in Wyoming was responsible for about $1 billion in tax revenue to state and local governments in 2013, according to the Wyoming Mining Association. The potential tax loss of $45.6 million a year is about 4.5% of yearly tax revenue from coal. This is a big deal for Wyoming since about 10% of state and local revenue is attributed to coal.” Read the full story HERE
~ Source Wyoming Liberty Group
Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal producer since 1986, provides about 40% of America’s coal through the top 10 producing mines located in the Powder River Basin. Most Wyoming coal is sub-bituminous, which makes it an attractive choice for power plants because it has less sulfur and burns at around 8,400 to 8,800 BTUs per pound. Wyoming coal is considered clean burning, which means it is better for the environment. Wyoming coal has steadily gained a growing share of the nation’s total electricity over the past few decades for a variety of reasons.
- It’s more affordable than Eastern coal and other fuels.
- There are huge reserves in the state.
- Wyoming’s supply of coal is reliable.
- Wyoming’s low-sulfur coal can be produced and used in compatibility with the nations’ environmental objectives.