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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead On The Future Of Coal


Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, left, speaks in front of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, right, during the winter meeting of the Western Governors Association at the Hotel del Coronado Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Coronado, Calif. (Gregory Bull/AP)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, left, speaks in front of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, right, during the winter meeting of the Western Governors Association at the Hotel del Coronado Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Coronado, Calif. (Gregory Bull/AP)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently declared “the war on coal is over” as he began the Trump administration’s efforts to do away with the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that regulated climate-changing carbon dioxide from coal-burning power plants. The Clean Power Plan, hailed as the first national limits on carbon pollution, had never gone into effect, due to state lawsuits stopping it. Now the Trump administration is expected to face lawsuits from environmentalists seeking to reinstate some climate change protections.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young checks in with Matt Mead (@GovMattMead), the governor of Wyoming, the state that produces the most coal in the U.S., about what the future is for the coal industry in his state.

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