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Wyoming backs coal with $1.2M threat to sue other states

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Most states are encouraging renewable energy but a new program in Wyoming does the opposite.

A $1.2 million legal fund recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Mark Gordon would bankroll lawsuits against other states that block overseas exports of Wyoming coal and whose climate change regulations shut down Wyoming coal-fired power plants.

A Gordon spokesman says the fund sends a message that Wyoming will protect its interests in court.

Wyoming and Montana already are suing Washington state for holding up development of a coal export facility.

A legal scholar is skeptical, saying such lawsuits don't stand much chance.

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  1. Could states like ID and UT and WY band together to prevent any items to be transported from the ports in OR, WA and CA be transported through the states? I believe not, so how can a state like OR or WA prevent coal from being transported through their state to a port?
    However, I could see private ports not allowing items like coal from being shipped. But not sure about government owned ports.
    Have a feeling this will eventually be on a docket at SCOTUS.

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