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CHEYENNE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dale Groutage said Tuesday he favors clean-coal research and development of coal-to-diesel and coal-powered electricity generating plants in Wyoming.

Groutage outlined a "coal-energy economic development plan" for the state that would include working with the U.S. Defense Department on building a plant to turn coal into diesel for military vehicles and planes.

"It would address national security, it would address weaning this country of its dependence on foreign oil, and it would address stabilizing the price of fuel at the pump," he said.

"And the real beauty of this plan, it would add billions of dollars to our state's economy and provide high-paying jobs to our young people so they can stay here in the state."

Groutage is the only Democratic candidate seeking the seat held by Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.

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