But if those efforts fail, is the state ready for what comes next? And if not, how does it get ready?
For the last several weeks, the Powder River Basin Resource Council — a Wyoming-based organization that advocates for the “responsible development of Wyoming’s energy resources,” per its mission statement — has been working to try to answer those questions through a series of webinars titled Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future. The group intends to provide the “education, tools and resources available for a planned transition to a new, diversified Wyoming economy.”
While the webinars covered different subject matter in each — opportunities for the state’s future economy, tools to seize them and, most importantly, a briefing on the realities facing Wyoming — the fourth and final webinar, held Tuesday, offered suggestions on how to broach a conversation that has long proven difficult to get started here.
While other mineral-reliant states like Idaho, Texas,…