An interview with U.S. Senator John Barrasso on Wyoming’s Energy Sector

Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - U.S. Senator John Barrasso sat down with Wyoming News Now’s State Reporter Valeria Fugate to discuss Wyoming’s economic engine, the Energy Sector.

Thank you for coming in today. Can you tell us what you are doing in Wyoming today?

Well, the Petroleum Association is meeting in Cheyenne with people from all around the state and country who are involved in Wyoming energy.

For my years in the state legislature now in the United States Senate, my focus has always been Energy Security, Economic strength and Environmental Stewardship and nobody does it better than Wyoming.

When you think about energy and us as a nation, we are much better in America if we are selling our energy to our friends rather than having to buy it from our enemies.

Energy is called the master resource for a reason. It powers our economy, our military, our country. We’re an energy superpower here in America and we need to act like it.

What would you say to critics that claim that oil reserves are going to be done within a generation or two?

Critics have been saying this since the 1950s and they said it in the 60s and they said it in the 70s and they continue to say it today and they’re always proven wrong.

But in terms of Wyoming being an Energy state, we talked about oil, gas, coal, the renewables. Right now, we are focusing on a future of nuclear energy.

Earlier this year, the Governor and I announced a partnership with Bill Gates as well as Pacificorp, all in the focus of building that next-age nuclear power generator. These modular generators, Wyoming is going to be the first one in the country.

Is there a way to get those Energy Workers re-trained, either through vocational training, scholarships, or grants into these newer energy sectors?

Is there a way to use their transferrable skills so that people stay employed and Wyoming keeps booming?

Ultimately we need all of the energy. The energy demand continues to go up in the nation, and the energy demands of the world continue to go up, so we need all the sources of energy.

We have 19,000 people right now working in oil and gas. We need to make sure that techniques like carbon capture and sequestration.

We can continue to use all of that energy because the need for all sources of energy continues to go up.

There just aren’t enough wind turbines, solar panels, or surface area to put them on, on the face of the earth, to power this globe with just renewable energy.

We need it all. We have it here in Wyoming. We do it in a very environmentally respectful way to protect the environment. That’s been a commitment to Wyoming for a long, long time and it’s going to continue doing it for a long time.

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