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Energizing Wyoming

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 27, 2016

Energizing Wyoming

Wyoming ranks second among the 50 states in overall energy output, producing 9,362 trillion Btu in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Only Texas produced more energy.

Wyoming State Energy ProfileClick on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Cowboy State (which some also call the Equality State).

Wyoming is number one in coal production,  fifth in natural gas and eighth in crude oil, accounting for two to three percent of U.S. oil output – despite the fact the state has less than three percent of proved U.S. crude reserves. This is thanks to safe hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. EIA:

[P]roducers using advanced drilling technologies have increased crude oil production in two regions of eastern Wyoming: the Niobrara Shale north of the Colorado border and the coal-rich Powder River Basin south of the Montana border.

Coal supplies about 56 percent of the energy used by Wyoming residents, with fuels made from natural gas and oil accounting for 36 percent of consumption. The state has six operating crude oil refineries, producing gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and other products.

Wyoming is playing an important part in a U.S. energy renaissance that has made our country the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas – resulting in jobs, economic growth, greater energy security and consumer savings. The growth of domestic natural gas use – a lot of it produced in Wyoming – is the primary reason the U.S. leads the world in reducing emissions of energy-related carbon dioxide.

To continue this progress, we need policies that foster safe energy development. On Page 2 of the infographic there’s a chart that shows the benefits of a pro-development path, which contrast with the potential negative impacts of policies characterized by regulatory constraints.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Wyoming and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.