State Legislature to Convene for Hearing on Impacts of “Net-Zero” and “Carbon Negative” Policies

Jan 30, 2024 | Politics, Regional News

Cheyenne, WY (RELEASE from State Senator Cheri Steinmetz) January 30th, 2024 — On February 13th, 2024, upon adjournment of the first day of the legislative session, the Agriculture State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee will convene for an Oversight Hearing on the Environmental Impacts of “Net-Zero” and “Carbon Negative” Policies. The hearing will be held in the Auditorium located in the connector between the Capitol and Herschler Buildings. Prominent scientists will present to the committee and provide factual scientific data detailing the role of CO2, and the environmental, economic and social cost of “Net-Zero” and “Carbon Negative” policies.

Policy decisions related to climate change are important and must be transparent to the public, scrutinized and debated by the legislative body. The Wyoming Constitution states in Article 3, Section 20 Laws to be passed by bill; alteration or amendment of bills; “No law shall be passed except by bill, and no bill shall be so altered or amended on its passage through either house as to change its original purpose.”

The Executive Branch of government is tasked with carrying out legislative policy decisions. The Wyoming Constitution clearly explains the Executive power vested in the Governor in Article 4, Section 4 Powers and duties of governor generally; “The governor shall be commander-in-chief of the military forces of the state, except when they are called into the service of the United States and may call out the same to execute the laws, suppress insurrection and repel invasion. He shall have power to convene the legislature on extraordinary occasions. He shall at the commencement of each session communicate to the legislature by message, information of the condition of the state, and recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient. He shall transact all necessary business with the officers of the government, civil and military. He shall expedite all such measures as may be resolved upon by the legislature and shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Committee Chairman, Senator Cheri Steinmetz, stated “The Legislature must have a true cost benefit analysis in order to make an informed policy decision regarding the Governors decarbonization plans for the State of Wyoming.” She continued, “In order to move our State forward, protect Wyoming industry, energy and the checkbooks of all Wyoming citizens, we must base public policy in fact, truth, and common sense –not popular political rhetoric, government financed goals for intermittent energy sources or climate extremism.”

The public is invited to attend this informational hearing.  More information and live stream of the meeting can be found at (

About Senator Cheri Steinmetz:

Senator Steinmetz represents Goshen, Niobrara, and Weston counties. She is serving as Chairman of the Agriculture State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee, Chairman of the Select Water Committee, Vice Chairman of the Education Committee and a member of the Capitol Finance and Investments Committee.