It’s impossible to have an honest discussion about the future of coal in Wyoming until lawmakers stop blaming the so-called “war on coal” and strict federal regulations for the steady decline in mineral production and state revenues.

Our federal and state representatives are not doing Wyoming citizens favors by attempting to cast the fate of coal in purely political terms that, far from merely shading the truth, totally eclipse it.

The Drake’s Take is a weekly column by veteran Wyoming journalist Kerry Drake, and produced by, a nonprofit news organization focused on Wyoming people, places and policy.

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