Much-Maligned Fossil Fuels Build Prosperous New Mexico

by John Waters and Arvin Trujillo June 4, 2019


New Mexico recently welcomed members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee as they held a field hearing in Santa Fe. The visiting federal lawmakers responded to our state’s hospitality by attacking and slandering New Mexico’s most important industry: oil and gas. Contrary to what these Washington politicians say, a sustainable and economically prosperous future for New Mexico means embracing oil and gas production in our state. Our record budget surplus and declines in methane make it clear that best way to continue on the path to a brighter future for our people is supporting what is already making this happen: responsible development of all of our resources, including oil and natural gas.

WILD Act will Spark Wildlife Conservation Innovation

by U.S. Senator John Barrasso April 22, 2019

Innovation is one of the best tools to conserve endangered species and keep invasive species under control. By: U.S. Senator John Barrasso Wyoming is home to some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet. People travel from all over the world to experience our state’s natural beauty and see …


Ask any economist and they can positively point to milestones where output soared, and economies took off.  They signal pivotal events in the history of global economics. It would be fair to even call them launching pads. But they don’t happen overnight, and change can be difficult to see at first.  

Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment

Back in 2014, then-Congressman Jared Polis and then-Governor John Hickenlooper brokered a compromise that would lead to a blue-ribbon task force on oil and gas in Colorado. The panel came away with several recommendations, one being the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) conduct oil and gas health …

Editor’s Note

by AARON JOHNSON January 26, 2019

Two years ago, Western Energy Alliance launched the Western Wire news site. The purpose is to be a “go-to source for news, commentary and analysis on pro-growth, pro-development policies across the West” that gives voice to viewpoints from sources who feel the regulations and legislation from state and federal governments firsthand.   From the outset, we have been transparent and forthright about Western Wire’s pro-industry perspective, as can be seen in this recent Colorado Business Roundtable interview, and last August, when 9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark said,“[W]e pointed to the Western Energy Alliance’s @WesternWireNet as a great example of how the industry can tell its own story with transparency.”

Thank you once again to all our readers in our second year here at Western Wire—a big year for stories across the West that continued to be shared, just as we wrote last year at this time, on social media and the halls of Congress, state legislatures, state and federal agencies, and most importantly, to the residents of the states in the West we cover on a day-to-day basis.


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UCLA law professor Ann Carlson is thankful for the role wealthy plaintiffs’ attorneys play in advancing climate change litigation across the country. She is also grateful for the significant funding her UCLA law clinic receives to focus on climate litigation efforts. But what’s not always clear is Carlson’s own position …

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