Wyoming – The University of Wyoming's Department of Economics and Finance continues to be recognized as one of the best in the country. One of the professors in the Department, Ed Barbier, focuses on the economics of the environment and resources. Barbier has written a new book called "Scarcity and Frontiers: How Economies Have Evolved Through Natural Resource Exploitation." The book is primarily a historical analysis of that topic. Ed Barbier joins Renny MacKay to talk about the book
Wyoming – University of Wyoming historian and author Phil Roberts and his brothers Steven and David are co-authors of the latest edition of the "Wyoming Almanac." It is available in book stores. Phil Roberts presents some fun facts about Wyoming he has found during his research.
Wyoming – A company based in Buffalo, Wyoming has come up with an interesting use for bark beetle killed trees. They are processing the wood to clean up oil spills. Dennis Quenneville is in charge of sales of marketing for L-B-I Renewable. He tells Renny MacKay the company started out three years ago making kitty litter from beetle killed wood.
Wyoming – On January 3rd governor elect Matt Mead will take office. Until that time, all Mead has to do is hire a staff and cabinet, understand and adjust the state supplemental budget, and have a grasp and opinion on key legislative issues. It s a lot to learn in about two months and Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports Mead is feverishly working to get ready .
Wyoming – This week several Wyoming lawmakers traveled to Washington D-C for a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC states that its mission is to advance principles like limited government, a free market and federalism. A lot of this is done by creating legislation for state governments. But, it has drawn some criticism and even the label of secretive, but supporters say the organization plays an important role in state government. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.
Wyoming – Wyoming's largest electrical utility, Rocky Mountain Power, is petitioning to raise rates by more than 20 percent for residential customers. If approved, the increase will be the sixth in six years. And the company isn't alone - every one of the four investor-owned electric utilities in the state has hiked prices since 2009. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story about the causes and effects of rising rates.
LARAMIE, wyo – An economist who watches the Rocky Mountain Region says Wyoming's economy should continue to expand. Ernie Goss from Creighton University says the state's economy has been doing well for several months, but he says there's a caveat: the dollar cannot gain value.
"As long as we see a weak dollar the prospects are good for the Wyoming economy going forward into 2011," says Goss. "We're not going to see real spectacular growth, but it's just going to be a continuation of what we have been seeing."
LARAMIE, wyo – DKRW Advanced Fuels has begun preliminary work on a two billion dollar coal-to-liquid facility that is slated to be up and running in southeast Wyoming in 2014. Company chairman Bob Kelly says this will be the first facility in the U-S to produce gasoline from coal on a commercial scale. The coal gasification plant's location - between the remote towns of Medicine Bow and Hanna - was chosen primarily for its proximity to a large coal reserve in the area. Kelly says that allows for reduced transport costs.