You can’t overestimate how more than 40 years of coal-fueled prosperity has shaped Wyoming’s culture and politics. One result is the bitterness that many in the state express when they talk about coal’s demise.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, in his State of the State address, summoned both the swagger and the fury that characterizes the coal narrative today: “We produce better energy more safely and with more attention to the environment than anywhere else on the planet. And yet our industries are still discriminated against, maligned and decried as dead. Well, not on my watch!”

What some in Wyoming might consider discrimination, others might cite fighting for their lives in the face of sea-level rise and deadly wildfires. Still, Wyoming is mourning a real loss

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