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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2175

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June 20, 2019 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who said last week’s merger between Arch Coal and Peabody Energy would probably not compromise the partnership from the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust division, which enforces laws to ensure a competitive marketplace. The St. Louis Dispatch and The Wall Street Journal interviewed Godby for similar articles.

June 17, 2019 - Godby also told The Gillette News Record that it is difficult to predict how much interest there will be to sell the financially struggling coal company Cloud Peak Energy, which has assets in the Powder River Basin. He also commented to WyoFile about Gov. Mark Gordon’s push to help save Wyoming’s coal industry.

June 12, 2019 - The Gillette News Record interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about the implications of a bankruptcy court’s ruling that clears the way for Cloud Peak Energy Inc. to potentially pay millions of dollars in back taxes and fees. Cloud Peak owns two mines in Campbell County.

June 4, 2019 - WyoFile interviewed UW economist Rob Godby and former UW finance administrator Bill Mai for a piece on how declining coal production in the state is actually hurting Wyoming’s tax base.

May 15, 2019 - UW economist Rob Godby discussed, with Wyoming Public Radio, Cloud Peak Energy’s decision to file for bankruptcy and what it means for the company’s creditors and payment of back taxes to Campbell and Converse counties.

May 13, 2019 - Professor Jason Shogren will receive an honorary doctorate from Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden, this fall. Read More

May 6, 2019 -UW economics Professor Emeritus Sherrill Shaffer was featured in WalletHub's recent piece about foreign transaction fees and how consumers should be cautious about how fees are applied. Forbes also interviewed Shaffer about hidden credit card fees.

April 26, 2019 -Ben Cook, UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute visiting professor, discussed with Wyoming Public Radio how Cloud Peak Energy’s struggles began.

April 23, 2019 - The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in a podcast, featured UW economist Chuck Mason, who discussed why oil markets are undergoing fundamental change. Indian Strategic Studies also published the article. Mason also discussed with Wyoming Public Radio a new bidder that hopes to purchase Anadarko Petroleum, a major oil and gas player in Wyoming.

April 23, 2019 -UW economist Rob Godby discussed with S&P Global how large Powder River Basin coal companies are cutting production, while smaller companies are struggling to maintain a steady cash flow.

April 18, 2019 - UW economist Felix Naschold presented an invited seminar at Colorado State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics introducing a new method to study inequalities of well-being within households. Inequalities within rural Tanzania households are substantial. Young children are particularly affected when households hit hard times.

April 12, 2019 -The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who agrees with Moody’s Investor Service, a credit rating agency, that Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal production faces a bleak future. Coal Zoom also quoted Godby on the impending bankruptcy of Cloud Peak Energy.

April 8, 2019 - UW economist Rob Godby commented on a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article on the rapidly declining production of coal in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, the largest coal-producing region in the country.

March 28, 2019 -The CS-T interviewed UW economist Jason Shogren, who said Wyoming has no other industries besides the energy industry that could generate more millionaires for an article asking why the rich are not moving to the state because of lower taxes.

March 18, 2019 -UW economist Rob Godby was quoted in an Associated Press article about the financial woes of Cloud Peak Energy, which appears headed for bankruptcy. The article was published on K2 Radio’s website.

March 13, 2019 -Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who discussed three bills intended to tax wind energy in the state that were introduced in the Wyoming Legislature this year. A similar article was published by Civil and Structural Engineer.

March 12, 2019 -CNBC interviewed UW economist Chuck Mason on an article about Canada’s growing energy crisis. Low oil prices have put the economy of Alberta – the country’s largest oil producer -- in crisis, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

March 11, 2019 - A new report by UW economists Rob Godby and Ben Cook, of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, analyzes the impact of tax policies on wind farm development in the West, according to The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T).

March 7, 2019 -UW economist Jason Shogren’s comments related to the Wyoming Legislature’s bill that aims to save failing coal mines in the state were picked up on an MSNBC segment, titled “Climate change is not one issue.”

February 27, 2019 - Cloud Peak Energy has yet to release fourth-quarter earnings, leading to speculation among industry leaders that the company is on the brink of bankruptcy, and the silence is leading to more speculation, UW economist Rob Godby said in an interview published by Coal

February 26, 2019 -Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) interviewed UW economist Jay Shogren about a bill to keep retiring coal plants alive. Shogren said the bill would likely raise electrical rates, basically taking the form of a tax in order to keep coal moving. Godby and Shogren both were quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article about the legislation.

February 13, 2019 -UW economist Rob Godby commented to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle as to why gas prices are more important to most Americans than health care and saving money when it comes to household budgets.

February 11, 2019 -UW economist Jay Shogren commented about progressive Democrats who are introducing their new Green Deal that Wyoming’s congressional delegation says would hamper the state’s economy, reported The Casper Star-Tribune (The CS-T).

January 23, 2019 -Coal Zoom interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who discussed how the current coal industry climate is affecting Wyoming producers, including Cloud Peak Energy Inc., which owns three mines in the Powder River Basin.

January 17, 2019 -UW economist Rob Godby commented to North American Wind Power that a proposed wind tax currently on the Wyoming Legislature’s docket is just over one-tenth of 1 percent of the total state revenues Wyoming collects, making the fiscal deficit argument “a weak one.”

January 14, 2019 -UW economist Chuck Mason told The Casper Star-Tribune that the drop in crude oil price that occurred over the last few months may have overcorrected, and the price might swing back up modestly.

January 9, 2019 -WalletHub interviewed UW Professor Emeritus Sherrill Shaffer for an article detailing why unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit are expensive. WalletHub is a website resource to help consumers make good financial decisions.

December 28, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about how PacifiCorp, controlled by Warren Buffett, wants to charge some California consumers for upgrades to coal plants in Wyoming and Colorado.

December 18, 2018 - UW reports on the launch of the Center for Business and Economic Analysis.

December 5, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby told Carbon County Economic Development members that a large wind production tax hike could hinder local production of a wind turbine farm in the area, reported The Rawlins Daily Times.

December 2, 2018 - David Aadland, interim director of the CBEA is interviewed by the CST about the impacts of Western Sugar's closing on Goshen County.

November 29, 2018 -UW Assistant Professor Linda Thunstrom’s study was cited in a Bloomberg article, titled “Does Prayer Help Disaster Victims?” Her mixed reaction findings indicate that thoughts do not affect what people do in response to disasters and tragedies, but prayers make pro-social action less likely.

November 27, 2018 -UW economist Jason Shogren told The Casper Star-Tribune that climate change will most directly affect the state’s energy industry, and state leaders must face that reality. Shogren was commenting on how the Fourth National Climate Assessment, required every four years by Congress, will affect Wyoming.November 11, 2018 -The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicted that Wyoming will see a large increase in revenue in the current 2019-2020 biennium, but UW economist Rob Godby cautions that the uptick could be short-lived, noted The Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

November 5, 2018 -Reliable air service from a rural community to a large hub, like Denver or Salt Lake, means much more to local businesses, UW economist Rob Godby says in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article. Gillette business owners said that improved airline services would help the economy recover.

October 30, 2018 -Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW economist Rob Godby who discussed coal mines, including Cloud Peak Energy in Wyoming, cutting back on workers’ medical benefits as a way to reduce costs.

September 10, 2018 - UW economist Rob Godby says coal producers, including those in Wyoming, are still attempting to find ways of selling their product to potential money-making markets in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, noted High Country News. Godby also was interviewed by High Country News for an article, titled “Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy?”

September 14, 2018 -UW economist Chuck Mason told Wyoming Public Radio that mineral companies in Wyoming likely won’t be affected by Bank of the West’s decision to stop financing, distributing or marketing activities within coal, oil or gas unless the companies focus on clean energy.

August 27, 2018 -Maine Public Radio asked UW economist Rob Godby to comment on the Trump administration's proposal to relax regulations on carbon emissions, which is welcome news in coal-producing states such as Wyoming, even though personnel in the industry acknowledge its impact would be limited.

August 24, 2018 -Wyoming Public Radio also interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule that would give states more power to regulate carbon emissions. Minnesota Public Radio also broadcast the interview.

August 20, 2018 - Colorado Public Radio carried an Associated Press story in which UW economist Rob Godby commented on a proposed wind energy project in southern Wyoming that could provide power to more than 70,000 homes in northern Colorado.

August 13, 2018 -Carbon technology could support 2,600 jobs in Wyoming, according to a new report from American Jobs Project. The Casper Star-Tribune interviewed UW economist Rob Godby for the article.

August 5, 2018 -The Boomerang interviewed UW economist Rob Godby for an article delving into factors leading to the economy’s growth, both for Wyoming and the U.S.

July 27, 2018 - WPR also interviewed UW economist Rob Godby who discussed Wyoming’s preparedness if a recession hits the country. He said the state is at the top of the business cycle with good growth.

July 27, 2018 - Godby also was interviewed by for an article, titled “Is a state with no income tax better or worse?”

July 24, 2018 - Jason Shogren, a UW professor of economics, was interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor on proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. At the heart of the debate is how to balance the needs of people and nature.

July 25, 2018 - Time magazine also interviewed Shogren for an article that touted the economic benefits of the Endangered Species Act. The article stated that the act generates more than $1 trillion yearly.

July 13, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by Argus Coal Daily to discuss the 21 coal mines that could be at risk of closing in coming decades because the coal-fired power plants they supply will be retired.

July 9, 2018 -The Week, an online news magazine, republished a story quoting UW economist Rob Godby regarding how Wyoming wind can generate enough electricity to power California.

June 27, 2018 -Nashville Public Radio also interviewed Godby for a broadcast about wind energy. Godby said in the interview that Wyoming has the only wind generation tax in the country.

June 26, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The BBC/PRI The World about Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal producer, looking into wind energy as a source of revenue. Godby says the challenge facing Wyoming wind is climate change skepticism.

June 21, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby commented to The Wyoming Tribune Eagle on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision approving taxes on internet sales, which many view as a win for states, such as Wyoming, and brick-and-mortar stores.

June 19, 2018 -Godby was quoted in a lengthy Desert Sun article on developer Philip Anschutz, who wants to build America’s biggest wind farm in Carbon County. The project would send the electricity to California, but politics could get in the way, according to Godby and others interviewed for the article.

June 7, 2018 -A U.S. Department of Energy memo that outlines a plan to require power companies to buy coal-fired electricity won’t have a large impact on Powder River Basin operations, UW economist Rob Godby told the Gillette News Record.

May 14, 2018 - UW economist Rob Godby told KUNC that re-imposed sanctions on Iran will mean higher oil prices; however, the sanctions could increase oil production in the Mountain West.

May 11, 2018 - Rob Godby is quoted in a Sheridan Press story about how Wyoming’s tax structure is a barrier to economic diversification.

May 2, 2018 - UW economics Professor Jay Shogren told The Cody Enterprise that politicians at every level of government are attempting to diversify local economies. He said that could be a factor in Park County’s rising assessed valuation for the fiscal year.

April 22, 2018 - UW economist Rob Godby said in Wyoming, lack of transmission lines, a one-of-a-kind wind tax and a perceived hostility to wind development have likely combined to hold back new wind ventures, according to The Casper Star-Tribune.

April 15, 2018 -UW energy economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The Gillette News Record about local oil industry officials who remain cautiously optimistic emerging from the latest downturn.

April 7, 2018 - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about Peabody’s recovery from bankruptcy a year later, saying the company is in better shape after shedding substantial debt that had weighed the company down.

March 24, 2018 - Rob Godby was interviewed by Outside Magazine focusing on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s idea of supporting public lands with oil and mining leases.

March 22, 2018 -Bloomberg News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby on an article noting that environmental groups are asking a Washington, D.C., Circuit Court to force the Interior Department to study the coal leasing program’s climate-change effects.

March 6, 2018 -UW economist Anne Alexander told K2 Radio that Wyoming residents and businesses will see higher costs, from household appliances to heavy machinery, if President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs go into effect.

March 6, 2018 - Colorado Public Radio (CPR) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who said that a brand-new wind farm would be cheaper to run than an already-paid-for coal-fired power plant. He commented on CPR’s piece about how the state fared with an increase in coal production.

March 2, 2018 -UW economist Chuck Mason was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio about the Legislature’s ongoing discussion about energy that centers on taxes and revenue.

March 2, 2018 - The Intercept reported that members of both U.S. congressional parties will work together this week in an attempt to roll back financial rules, which experts are contending will produce negative effects. UW Emeritus Professor Sherrill Shaffer was interviewed by the award-winning news organization that covers national security, politics, civil liberties, the environment, international affairs, technology, criminal justice and the media.

February 28, 2018 -Jackson hosted its second Saturday U program -- UW’s popular one-day lecture series -- of the academic year last week, with three UW professors lecturing on timely topics, reported The Jackson Hole News and Guide. Rob Godby was one of the three professor presenting. Pinedale Online also reported on a similar UW Saturday U program earlier in the week in Pinedale.

February 23, 2018 - National Public Radio reported that energy analysts agree the reasons for nearly 1,000 more coal jobs added nationwide last year are short-term and have nothing to do with White House policies. UW economist Rob Godby said production was up, but mines are doing more with fewer workers.

February 20, 2018 - Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW economist Chuck Mason, who commented on proposed Wyoming legislation that would cut the severance tax rate in half for petroleum and natural gas companies for a certain period of time.

February 18, 2018 - The Tribune Eagle spoke with UW economist Rob Godby about President Donald Trump’s proposed $200 billion infrastructure plan and what it could mean for Wyoming.

February 8, 2018 - Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Godby for a story on the largest coal company in the world, Peabody Energy, which is reporting higher earnings and revenues this past year. Peabody owns two coal mines in the Powder River Basin.

February 7, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about the Annual Energy Outlook report indicating that coal production nationwide will see a downturn in the next few years.

January 26, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby spoke with The CS-T in a story noting that production at the 12 coal mines in northern Wyoming rose to 305.3 million tons in 2017, a 6.3 percent increase compared to the previous year. Godby also commented on a CS-T story on the oil field service sector, which is improving, but jobs may be slower to return. He talked with The CS-T on how long the oil recovery uptick will last.

January 25, 2018 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW energy economist Chuck Mason about rising crude oil prices. Mason said he is surprised that the market has steadily stayed at $60 a barrel the last couple of months.

January 23, 2018 - Wyoming Business Report notes that UW economist Anne Alexander will discuss Wyoming’s latest economic forecast during the Wyoming Business Report/Wyoming Business Alliance’s forum next month in Casper.

January 7, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about Wyoming’s long-term economic forecast.

January 2, 2018 - Wyoming Public Media interviewed Godby about factors that have influenced Wyoming’s energy industries.

December 29, 2017 -Jonathan Naughton, director of UW’s Wind Energy Research Center, and UW economist Rob Godby were interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for an article on how coal-rich Wyoming is investing in wind energy.

December 16, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby said, in a CS-T interview, that he is not yet convinced that the Blackjewel mine buyout in northeast Wyoming represents a fundamental shift in Wyoming coal. Coal Zoom published the article on its website.

 December 9, 2017 - The CS-T quoted UW economist Rob Godby in a story about how hopes for an energy industry comeback are chilling efforts to reform Wyoming’s tax structure.

 November 29, 2017 - Power Technology noted that a major wind company supplying wind turbines for a project in Carbon County is offering to train unemployed coal miners as wind farm technicians. In an interview, UW economist Rob Godby said the company’s offer could be a catalyst for a shift in thinking about the potential economic benefits of wind projects.

 November 29, 2017 - Charles Mason was a co-author of a study that found two large New England energy companies reserved large volumes of natural gas pipeline capacity every day during important times of the year, then canceled the sales at the last minute, in a price-fixing scheme, reported Vermont’s Brattleboro Reformer.

 November 28, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that the price of crude oil in Wyoming hit the $60 a barrel mark last week. Chuck Mason, an oil and gas economist at UW’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, said in an interview that he did not expect continued escalation of prices for the state.

 November 20, 2017 - The CS-T interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about Wyoming legislators considering how to regulate Wyoming’s wind, which is in demand. As the industry changes, so should the regulations that govern it, lawmakers say.

 November 11, 2017 - The AP published a CS-T article noting that the U.S. military is expected to spend nearly $5 billion over the next 10-20 years in Cheyenne to modernize F.E. Warren Air Force Base’s intercontinental ballistic missiles system. UW economist Anne Alexander was quoted in the article.

November 8, 2017 - The Associated Press (AP) picked up a story in which Gov. Matt Mead said the state’s “economic storm” has passed, but UW economist Rob Godby said energy production in the state is now at a “new normal” and “more likely at a slow decline.” U.S. News and World Report also published the story.

November 4, 2017 - Sheridan Media noted that a panel, which featured UW economist Rob Godby, said that if Wyoming is going to diversify economically, the state needs to diversify the sources of its revenues.

November 5, 2017 - The CS-T quoted Godby in a story noting that building new winds farm is getting cheaper, according to an annual study that documents the cost of new power generation.

October 30, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby is featured prominently in a documentary by the Center for Investigative Reporting about energy and wind in Wyoming.

October 29, 2017 - UW economist Anne Alexander will moderate this week’s Southeast Economic Forecast Luncheon in Cheyenne, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

October 26, 2017 - The Garden City Telegram noted that Sasha Skiba, a UW associate professor of economics, was the keynote speaker at the recent Kansas Economic Policy Conference.

October 25, 2017 - Professor Sherrill Shaffer, the Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial Services in the UW College of Business’s Department of Economics, was featured in a WalletHub piece about secured credit cards.

October 22, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Great Lakes Aviation cutting back on its flights to other communities. Godby said passengers want to fly more comfortable, faster and larger planes than what Great Lakes operates.

October 16, 2017 - CS-T interviewed Godby about a proposed Trump administration proposal that would help subsidize the ailing coal and energy industry.

October 11, 2017 - ABC News mentioned UW economist Rob Godby in a story about the rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which officials say is a boon to the coal industry and a win for supporters of President Trump, while environmental advocacy groups say the move is a step backward.

October 10, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) story about the impact of the unraveling of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on Wyoming’s coal industry. Godby also was quoted in a High Country News story about the future of the state’s coal industry.

October 6, 2017 - Inside Energy interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming and Japanese officials meeting in Gillette to sign a memorandum of understanding about a partnership that would find a way to export Wyoming coal to Japan and work on carbon capture technologies to clean up coal-burning power plants.

October 4, 2017 - Kansas Ag Connection noted that Alexandre Skiba, an associate professor in the UW Department of Economics, will speak later this month at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference at the University of Kansas.

September 28, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby told The Baltimore Sun that coal production has declined each year since 2012, but has increased slightly to begin the new year.

September 18, 2017 - High Country News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about alternative energy developments in the state. Godby said an increase in the state wind tax could discourage future development, including tech companies looking for clean-energy sources when considering new locations.

September 14, 2017 - UW to Host Emergining Issues Forum on Wyoming's Energy Future October 2-3, 2017. Read more here.

September 10, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal interviewed UW economics Assistant Professor Linda Thunstrom about a research paper her team wrote about apps designed to deter overspending. Their research indicated that apps designed to curb spending make tightwads even tighter, but have no effect on others.

September 10, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby said the advantage of being a smaller utility company and selling to regulated utilities is that they have 20 years of a fixed price. He was commenting in a Casper Star-Tribune story published in The Billings Gazette about Rocky Mountain Power hoping to build a wind farm in Wyoming.

August 29, 2017 - The massive flooding in Houston, Texas, will have an impact on gas prices, but is not likely to spread as far as Wyoming, UW economist Rob Godby told The Casper Star-Tribune. He said price hikes will hit mainly the Southeast.

August 18, 2017 - Bloomberg also interviewed Godby on the number of coal jobs lost to other energy positions saying, “if there was a War on Coal, it was really declared by natural gas.” Oil and Gas News picked up the story.

August 17, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby weighed in on West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal that calls for the federal government to subsidize coal-fired power plants that buy from Appalachian mines, which would leave Wyoming’s producers facing more competition in a tight market. The story appeared in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

August 7, 2017 - UW Department of Economics and Finance economist Alexandre Skiba discussed with The Torrington Telegram what the effects of an increase in tariffs on some U.S. beef products by Japan will have on local producers.

August 3, 2017 - CBS News quoted UW energy economist Chuck Mason about the Keystone XL pipeline, which faces major hurdles because of the current price climate. Mason said, unless there is a massive improvement in technology for processing Canadian crude oil, the pipeline may not be built. The Sacramento Bee and The Minneapolis Star Tribune also published similar articles.

July 26, 2017 - The Weather Channel website published a story about Wyoming’s fledgling wind industry. UW economics Professor Rob Godby says developers may be leery of developing wind energy in the state because legislators want to push for higher taxes on the industry.

July 23, 2017 - Business Insider interviewed Godby about the different points of view of whether the wind energy sector in Wyoming should be taxed.

July 21, 2017 - Godby was quoted in a Vice News article about the U.S. selling millions of barrels of oil to China. The country is reducing its reliance on the world’s oil-exporting leaders, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

July 17, 2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle, Idaho Falls’ Post Register and were among media outlets that printed a Casper Star-Tribune story about wind energy development proposals in Wyoming and the need for workers to build, maintain and repair wind farms. UW economist Rob Godby said the market and wind companies will likely solve the worker shortage. A similar article was published by Malaysian Digest.

July 13, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that Godby told attendees at the recent Wind Operation and Maintenance Conference in Rawlins that most of the growth in renewable energy sources is occurring with wind because the economic incentives are becoming more appealing. Inside Energy also covered the Rawlins seminar. The Casper Star-Tribune reported on a second seminar in Casper. A third seminar was held in Gillette.

July 10, 2017 -The Jackson Hole News and Guide printed an Associated Press story in which UW economist Rob Godby commented on oil production and exploration in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune also printed the story.

July 10, 2017 - NexusMedia interviewed Godby about wind energy opportunities in Wyoming. RenewEconomy and The Huffington Post also printed the article.

July 5, 2017 - UW economist Anne Alexander commented in a Bloomberg story on five states, including Wyoming, that have yet to recover from the latest recession. Alexander said the state’s tourism industry has bounced back, but the state’s energy sector has slumped since 2014. The Salt Lake Tribune also published the article.

June 30, 2017 - UW School of Energy Resources Executive Director Mark Northam and UW economist Rob Godby commented with Inside Energy about a proposed coal mine in Sheridan County that would not be for electricity but would be for coal-based products. Wyoming Public Radio also picked up the story.

June 27, 2017 - Oil and Gas Investor reported that UW economist Chuck Mason told attendees at the recent Energy Exposition in Loveland, Colo., that China’s economic slump and the steady, downward trend in the price of natural gas are factors leading to a decrease in demand for coal. E&P, an energy website, also printed the story.

June 27, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming New Energy Corp.’s plan to build a plant that would make Wyoming coal burn hotter. Mining Connections published a similar article.

June 22, 2017 - Chuck Mason will present a keynote speech on recent developments in key energy markets at the 2017 Energy Exposition in Loveland, Colorado. For more information or to register for the Expo visit their webpage here

June 19, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby was a guest on WHRV’s “ HearSay with Cathy Lewis,” a public affairs radio call-in program. Godby and other guests discussed how the Paris climate agreement is affecting the coal industry.

June 12, 2017 - Godby told The Omaha World-Herald that the explosion of oil and natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing is what opened the door for natural gas to take over coal as the most common fuel for electric generation.

June 7, 2017 - Public Radio International interviewed UW economist Rob Godby for a story focused on the growing number of solar energy-related jobs being created nationwide, more than doubling those in the coal mining industry.

June 6, 2017 - UW oil and gas economist Chuck Mason was interviewed by Bloomberg for a story on the uptick of energy production in Campbell and Converse counties, which is attracting more nationally known companies to Wyoming because of cheaper drilling rights. World Oil also reprinted the article on its website.

June 3, 2017 - ABC News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Godby said the withdrawal from the agreement should not come as a surprise in light of Trump's previous promises of putting "America first." In an interview with National Public Radio, Godby said the withdrawal announcement probably does not mean much regarding energy production in the United States.

June 3, 2017 - UW economist Chuck Mason said the odds of oil and gas production increasing in Wyoming may pick up only if increased costs drive industry production from the more productive Permian Basin in Texas, according to a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article.

May 27, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby, in a CS-T interview, said large, coal-fired power plants across the nation are slowly being shut down because they are too expensive to run. Godby also commented in another CS-T article about a new test center that will capture carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power plant and find new ways to use the gas.

May 21, 2017 - The New York Times interviewed Rob Godby about a company that plans to hire out-of-work Wyoming coal miners and train them as wind turbine technicians. The company plans to supply 850 turbines to a wind farm in Carbon County, creating nearly 200 new jobs.

May 20, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW economist Rob Godby said lower coal production in the state is “the new normal.” His comments were made during the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit in Cheyenne last week.

May 20, 2017 - Wyoming oil and gas companies are patiently waiting to see how the Trump administration responds to easing regulations imposed by the Obama administration, according to The CS-T. UW economist Chuck Mason was interviewed for the story.

May 18, 2017 - In a lengthy ABC News feature about coal’s future in Gillette during the Trump administration, UW economist Rob Godby says some of the president’s changes or reversals of orders help coal, but others help natural gas. He said it’s unclear how that will balance out in the market, whether it will give the advantage to gas or coal.

May 8, 2017 - Rob Godby is quoted in a National Public Radio story examining the possibility of laid-off coal miners being employed in the solar energy industry.

May 8, 2017 - UW experts Jonathan Naughton and Rob Godby are quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune article examining the Western power grid.

April 16, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed, among others, UW economist Chuck Mason about a leaked draft of a new priority list from the Bureau of Land Management that lists energy development prominently among the agency’s initiatives.

March 29, 2017 - Jason Shogren was a guest speaker at the Spring Runoff Conference hosted by the University of Utah. The abstract can be found here. A video of the presentation can be found here.

March 27, 2017 - Even with President Trump in office, the West is moving away from coal, and UW economist Rob Godby said, in a Las Vegas Sun article, that the economics of power generation do not support replacing coal-fired generation.

March 24, 2017 - Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune on how Wyoming’s economy is still not rebounding because of low oil prices.

January 30, 2017 - Andrea Hastings-Arrollo, Senior Office Associate in the Dept of Economics, was named the Univeristy of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2016. Read More

February 9, 2017 - CNBC interviewed UW economics Professor Rob Godby, who compared data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which estimates that coal production back east will fall the next two years. Godby said that bodes well for Wyoming producers, as the EIA projects coal output in the Rocky Mountain region will increase the next two years and could create 600 new jobs. Yahoo! Finance and MSN also reprinted the article. Read More

January 25, 2017 - Ed Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, was one of the researchers on a paper titled "Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt" published in the January edition of Nature Communications. Read More

January 22, 2017 - (Casper Star Tribune) - Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (The CS-T) in an article about increased utility rates in Wyoming. Read More

January 20, 2017 - (CNBC) CNBC interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about U.S. electric power plants emitting less carbon dioxide than the nation’s transportation sector for the first time since the late 1970s. Read More

January 17, 2017 - (The Washington Post) - The Washington Post reprinted an Associated Press story that interviewed several experts, including UW economics Professor Jay Shogren, who commented on the Endangered Species Act. With Republicans the majority in the House and Senate, changes in the act are expected, the interviewees said. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also carried the article.


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