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Oct 26, 2009 8:14 AM by Associated Press

Western states stress energy cooperation

State lawmakers from around the West are gathering in the northern Wyoming resort town of Jackson over the next few days to figure out how to get better coordinated on energy issues.

The Senate this week is set to debate a bill intended to cut greenhouse gases by about 80 percent by 2050. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso told the gathering of state lawmakers he's concerned about projections the pending federal legislation will cut jobs in Wyoming and elsewhere in the West.

Wyoming has put up more than $400,000 to fund the Western States Energy and Environment Symposium. Wyoming is the country's leading coal-producing state.

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