Wyoming Renewable Energy Bill Struck Down

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] It appears that until renewable energy technologies can match the tax income that coal generates for Wyoming, state legislators will be uninterested in exploring options for clean energy sources. A recent proposal sponsored by Rep. Jane Warren — which would have set up a commission to explore deployment of renewable energy — has been shot down by a House panel, according to the Associated Press. Only one member of the nine-member House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee supported the initiative. The main detraction, according to dissenting lawmakers, was that renewable energy investments are unlikely to bring in as much tax revenue as traditional, more polluting energy sources like coal. Exported coal requires mining companies to pay a severance tax, and the state also gains income from other taxes and royalty payments. Lawmakers cited wind power as offering only a small property tax and some equipment taxes.
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