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An Affordable Energy Rally attended by both Wyoming U.S. senators and Gov. Matt Mead drew about 300 people in Gillette Thursday, though organizers expected as many as 1,000. The meeting was a rallying cry against proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Byers, who spoke Tuesday during the Platts’ Coal Marketing Days conference in Pittsburgh, said that aside from the rule likely being an overreach of EPA authority, the rule ultimately will be ineffective in making a global difference.

But instead of checking the progress of the working pipeline, Koch, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Institute, said he and his team are collecting stories from communities, business leaders and others who have been left waiting.

Energy Institute Vice President Matthew Koch explained that they've spent years working on getting the pipeline project approved, and that there would be tremendous benefits to the community.

“If you look in the past five years, during the greatest recession since the Great Depression this was really the only industry that was creating jobs, and it was creating them at a huge rate,” Mr. Guith said. “It is an anchor already, and I think it will continue to be.”