Laramie, Wy – When it comes to energy development, two democratic candidates for U-S Senate say the country needs an energy policy. Keith Goodenough says part of that policy should include conservation. But he is not interested in moving ahead with more drilling especially in sensitive areas like the Artic National Wildlife refuge. "I don't support drilling in anwar or offshore right now. We're going to need oil in 30 or 40 years more then we do right now. I think we should save that as part of a strategic reserve."
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor continues pushing for a balanced energy portfolio. Governor Dave Freudenthal says if the need for energy will be doubled in the next 50 years or so, then there needs to be a variety of available energy sources that can meet a number of needs. Freudenthal says that too often supporters of a particular alternative energy say that their source is the only solution. He says that is the wrong approach.
Wyoming – Democrats Keith Goodenough and Nick Carter debate issues from gay marriage to the war in Iraq. The candidates are battling for the right to challenge Sen. John Barrasso in November. Host Bob Beck moderates.
Laramie, Wyo. – Democratic Senate hopeful Chris Rothfuss says he supports the federal bailout of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Rothfuss says the companies are so large that they should not be allowed to fail.
"They have been mismanaged pretty clearly and they have done a lot of things wrong, but if you did let them fail you would have pretty big problems. And they do have to be bailed out," Rothfuss said.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Supporters of the federal government's removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list say they haven't decided whether to appeal a judge's preliminary decision to re-list the wolves.
Lawyers for the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and the representatives of several sportsmen's groups met in a teleconference Friday to discuss their options.
A federal judge in Montana last week issued a preliminary injunction restoring endangered species protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.
Laramie, Wyo. – Congressional candidate Gary Trauner weighed in on the political battle over oil speculation this week.
Trauner says that the practice of speculating in the oil futures market has helped drive up gasoline prices and Congress should put an end to it.
"If we had the same type of limits on the commodities futures markets as we have on stocks and bonds, I think you would see a change in speculation and you would see the price come down," Trauner said.