Curtis Bridges is moving to Wyoming and wants to start a political party in the state for people disenfranchised with Republicans and Democrats — a party that calls for “climate justice.”

Bridges, a 26-year-old resident of the Indianapolis, Ind., area, wants to establish the Justice Party in Wyoming when he moves to Cheyenne this month.

The Justice Party, formed in December 2011, seeks to prohibit corporate donations to political campaigns, demands banking reform, and wants better health care than its members believe will be achieved with the health care reform law known as Obamacare, he said.

It also demands climate justice. According to the party’s website, that will require stabilizing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere “while ensuring that economic development and food production are enabled in a sustainable manner.”

Thousands of Wyomingites are employed in the fossil fuels industries. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which provides independent statistics and analysis, the state in 2011 ranked first in the nation in coal production, third in natural gas production and eighth in crude oil production.

Bridges, who said he has never traveled to Wyoming but feels drawn to the state because he identifies with the cowboy lifestyle, said that renewable energy production should increase.

“I believe that global warming is among us,” Bridges said.

Bridges will establish a business in Cheyenne that will capture small wildlife that gets into attics and other private property and release it into the wild. He doesn’t agree with all aspects of his political party. For instance, he disagrees with his party’s position in favor of gay marriage. Bridges, who has worked as an independent minister, believes marriage should be between a man and woman.

Laura Bonham, a co-chairwoman of the national party, believes that many Wyomingites will want to join the Justice Party. Bonham lives in Coalville, Utah, 40 minutes west of Evanston on Interstate 80.

“I know that Wyoming shares a lot of similarities, ideologically, with Utah,” she said. “When you’re talking about justice, when you’re talking about equality and fairness, and you’re talking about addressing issues that solve problems as [opposed] to creating new problems. That’s in the interest of everyone. That’s in the interest of everyone living in Wyoming.”

In the 2012 election, the Justice Party ran Rocky Anderson for president. Anderson, a former Democratic mayor of Salt Lake City, received attention for climate activism and being among the first to call for impeachment of then-President George W. Bush.

The Justice Party’s presidential candidate did not appear on the ballot in Wyoming in 2012.

Reach state reporter Laura Hancock at 307-266-0581 or at laura.hancock@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter: @laurahancock.

(9) comments

side oiler
side oiler

You bet your biffy a lot of Wyoming folks are disenfranchised with Republicans and Democrats.Both parties are so much alike anymore,titles mean nothing,and corporate money rules while working folks get the shaft.The failed GOP is full of phony RINO's anymore they are all hat and no cattle,while the Democrats don't have much of a chance at most political seats in this state.The entire nation needs a real tea party,and not the ding dongs that stand on street corners or meet in secret in places like Emblem,Wyoming.

James Madison

I thought this article was a parody, not real journalism. A man who doesn't even live in Wyoming, an Indiana resident is making political news here?

And a Utah resident makes a notable mention as running for this fringe global warming anti-coal party in the past. In a State that leads the nation in coal production, this political light weight has chosen our state to launch his radical fringe crusade against the companies that employee a large percentage of Wyoming.

This guy even disagrees with his own party he created. Brilliant.

This character has the political knowledge of Ann Coulter and Chris Mathews combined.

Cowboy Logic

Wyoming is the logical place for these wackos! Less people to try and convince, this is the one and only reason he choose Wyoming. Even as much as most of us are unsatisfied with politics right now, does not mean we’ll all jump ship immediately because some loose cannon from another state says he’s starting another party. What we don’t need is another party thrown in the mix.

What we need is for people to get back to their basic morals and values! Say what you’re going to do and then do what you say! Politicians are to easily swayed into being bought out by personal gain.

wyominginfowarrior

Global warning is a hoax. This "party" is just another flavor of the same globalist serving kool aid pushers. Already discredited before they start. pft. People aren't buying this junk anymore than they read the star tribune filth. Sick of sell outs.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2415191/Global-cooling-Arctic-ice-caps-grows-60-global-warming-predictions.html

Wilderness

With regard to a new slightly wacko political party - the more the merrier I suppose.

Global warNing may be a hoax. But global warMing? Not so much.

With regard to the piece you cite above in the Daily Mail regarding the polar ice cap - it's junk. Of the highest order. Since you seem to like news sources from the UK, try this one the refutes the entire piece nicely: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/sep/09/climate-change-arctic-sea-ice-delusions

rigrat
rigrat

I don't know,pal,as hot as it's been lately,I would say global warming is alive and well.Not to worry though,I suspect the human race will kill itself off before global warming does much damage.

Pops

Welcome!

wyonel

Why is Wyoming such an attraction for these type of politicians? This one and Cheney. What's next?

dd ric

sideoiler,T-Party as in the mad hatter and alice and the rabbit,or T-Party as in Boston destroying private property because they didn't get what they wanted from the hand that financed and fed their very existence so they throw a fit screaming and yelling while disguised as real natives? Cowards! ddric

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