Still, coal advocates in other states push for carbon capture as a silver bullet for climate change challenges. In Wyoming, Gov. Mark Gordon last month promoted a DOE study suggesting carbon capture was an economical way to cut greenhouse gases and keep that state’s coal-fired power plants running. However, the Associated Press reported that Wyoming power plant owner PacifiCorp called the DOE study “simply wrong.” PacifiCorp is making an aggressive move away from coal power and toward renewable energy. A Colstrip Power Plant owner, PacifiCorp is making exit plans.
Speaking in Colstrip on Friday, Daines affirmed his belief that carbon capture technology would keep Colstrip around for several more years.
“A big part of that future is going to be carbon capture technology,” Daines said. “We’ve got the technology. If we can solve that problem and keep this operation viable for us with all the great things that it does.”
Not to be left out of the fossil fuels news cycle, Gov. Steve Bullock, the Democratic challenger to Daines in this year’s Senate race, announced an agreement with several other states to work on a regional pipeline network for carbon pollution. Wyoming also signed onto the plan. The other signatories were regions away: Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Bullock has been attacked in campaign ads featuring Colstrip Republican Duane Ankney accusing the governor of doing nothing to save Colstrip.