Wyoming Governor Backs Out of Climate Debate

Guest Column: Gordon Was Standing Tall In The Saddle Until He Backed Down

Guest columnist Gregory Wrightstone writes, “Gov. Gordon was standing tall in the saddle when he accepted an invitation to debate publicly his so-called carbon-negative policy in a state heavily engaged in the production of fossil fuels. However, he ultimately backed down.”

As reported by Cowboy State Daily, it all started when:

“Gordon came under fire late last month for comments he made at Harvard University, where he said Wyoming needs to urgently address climate change by becoming the first state to go ‘carbon negative,’ and that carbon dioxide is the ‘major contributor’ to the Earth’s warming climate.”

Being head of the Western Governors’ Association, Mr. Gordon is chief promoter of a “Decarbonizing the West” initiative that would include the development of a plant to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to avert the purported catastrophe of global warming.

However, the governor received fire from the Wyoming Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative state representatives, then a letter signed by 30 legislators and the Wyoming Secretary of State who invited him to debate the matter. As executive director of the CO2 Coalition, I was proud for our group to have been included:

“We, the undersigned members of the Wyoming legislative and executive branches, joined by our allies, the scientists of the CO2 Coalition, took notice of the sweeping policy change you announced for Wyoming in your speech last month at Harvard University. There, you declared publicly that Wyoming ‘will be the first state … [to] be carbon negative,’ meaning Wyoming will emit no ‘net’ CO2 into the atmosphere.
Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist; executive director of the CO2 Coalition, Arlington, Va.; and author of “Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know” and “A Very Convenient Warming: How modest warming and more CO2 are benefiting humanity.”

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