I am a fourth-generation Wyomingite. In my nearly 60 years, I've watched our economy ebb and flow. This downturn is different – it's due to renewable energy technologies subsuming fossil fuels due to the decreasing cost of these technologies. As I see it, it's time for us to face the music, not attempt to kill an industry that is supporting our Wyoming communities in a very real way.

As I write, five local electricians and apprentices are working to install our new solar system. Several of these are former coal workers, training to become providers of solar energy. Our family is paying over $1,000 in sales tax for our system. We're talking real money.

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