WYOMING – We love our coal, big trucks, and cattle in Wyoming. None of which do much to slow the rate of global warming.
If you believe in that kind of stuff.
A landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday warned urgent and unprecedented changes are needed by 2030 or global warming will cause catastrophic weather-related events.
But buy-in from the Rocky Mountain West, particularly Wyoming, may be difficult to achieve.
In another recent study from Yale University, researchers found that roughly 70 percent of people in the US believe global warming is real. In Wyoming, however, only 60 percent think so. Utah (66%) and Montana (65%) are also more skeptical than the rest of the country.
Teton County bucks the state trend, though, where some 79% agree global warming is a thing. That compares with neighboring Lincoln County (55%), Sweetwater (56%), and Sublette (61%). Counties across the nation that rely heavily on coal mining and other energy extraction industries—including Wyoming’s Campbell County (53%) and Colorado’s Moffat County (55%)—are predictably most resistant to the idea of global warming.