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Gov. Matt Mead has unveiled a state energy policy "Leading the Change:Wyoming's Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy:"  Governor Mead said in the absence of a federal energy plan, Wyoming needed to develop its own plan. The policy advocates maintaining Wyoming's position as a top energy-producing state while preserving its environment. The report released Monday outlines four main priorities: economic competitiveness, efficient regulation, natural resource conservation and developing new technologies. Specifics include developing a statewide pipeline network that would carry carbon dioxide to help restore pressure and production at aging oil fields. Wyoming also will promote development of liquid natural gas for export, and compressed natural gas to power vehicles. The governor said the strategy is just the beginning and is meant to be regularly revised, updated and integrated into budgeting and planning.