Republicans new favorite study trashes Biden's climate plans – but who's behind it? - 2021-03-09
If the new administration extends its pause on new oil and gas drilling on public land, it would endanger Wyoming's economy, kill 18,000 jobs and cause the energy state to lose out on critical education, infrastructure and healthcare funding. Biden would be "cutting off a major lifeline that Americans have relied on to survive during this time", she has said.
But there is a problem with Cheney's forecast. The numbers she is relying on came from an analysis that is the brainchild of the oil and gas industry.
The Western Energy Alliance – which represents 200 western oil and gas companies – proposed the $114,000 publicly funded analysis to state officials, tried to provide matching dollars for it and stayed involved throughout its development, according to public records obtained by Documented and shared with Floodlight and Wyoming Public Media.