This week's announcement from Alpha Natural Resources that the coal giant plans to cut both coal production and jobs company wide, has resulted in plenty of anxiety throughout Wyoming. Yesterday during an interview with basinsradio.com, State Representative Tom Lubnau said he has had dialogue with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead about the announcement. Lubnau said they plan to re-double their efforts to expand the coal market into Asia, with the focus directed to opening up ports for the coal in the Northwest United States.
Lubnau says that no matter the potential impact to the nation's economy, it is "painfully obvious" that the country is moving away from coal. However Lubnau feels interest in coal worldwide will be skyrocketing. Getting ports open in the Northwestern US is expected to be a long legal fight, the House District 31 Representative also feels that it is a shame that environmental activist are fighting the exporting of valid and legal goods from Wyoming. Lubnau adds that he feels that action in the name of environmental protection, is hypocritical.
"I often wonder what would happen, if in the name of environmental protection, the citizens of the State of Wyoming impounded every airplane body that came threw on the railroad to the factories in Seattle because of their contribution to environmental pollution as a jet flying in the upper atmosphere. It is just hypocrisy that is amazing."----Lubnau