By Dustin Bleizeffer 

'Environmental justice' rules may hurt Wyoming's bid for federal support

The Biden administration's Justice40 Initiative requires that 40% of clean energy grants must benefit disadvantaged and marginalized communities.


October 5, 2023

Courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

The areas shaded in gray depict regions determined to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, elevating their qualification for some federal clean energy grants.

Academics and economic development officials fear that Biden administration "environmental justice" requirements are hurting Wyoming's ability to compete for billions of dollars in federal clean energy and infrastructure grants.

The grants are largely intended to help communities that stand to lose the most from the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels. Under definitions of the Justice40 Initiative, however, places like Gillette and Campbell County, might not qualify as communities that are 40% disadvantaged - yet.

"You would think Gillette would show up as a disadvantaged community be...

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