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  • Two weeks in the West

    Wind and solar energy projects ramp up across the West; Conservation Reserve Program ramps down; the West’s volcanic history; potatoes are good for you.

  • The (non)idiot’s guide to energy

    In Power of the People: America’s New Electricity Choices, energy specialist Carol Sue Tombari has written a concise and remarkably readable book about the best way to tackle our nation’s energy problems.

  • Revival or dam-nation?

    Revival or dam-nation?

    The push for alternative power could spawn a rush for small hydropower projects in the Northwest.

  • Living Within Our Means: Beyond the Fossil Fuel Credit Card

    Engineer and city councilman Kamyar Enshayan considers the inevitable end of the fossil fuel joyride

  • Would you want to live near a wind farm?

    Would you want to live near a wind farm?

    Everybody believes in alternative energy, but very few people want to live next to giant wind turbines.

  • INNOVATE, Part III

    INNOVATE, Part III

    Westerners have a knack for new and innovative thinking, such as: Redefining rancher politics, A rediscovered renewable, Creating public nooks and crannies and more.

  • Fill 'er up with moonshine

    Chris Myles plans to fuel his vehicles with homebrewed ethanol, made in a still he built at his home in Silverton, Colo.

  • Renewable Energy Standards: How do states match up?

    Six Western states now have renewable energy standards

  • Testing the waters

    New technologies may soon be able to tap the power in Western waves and tides to generate electricity, but critics are already worried about the impacts

  • Two weeks in the West

    Coal-mining is always a dangerous business; wild horse problems in Nevada; biofuel boondoggle?; and biofuel bio the numbers.

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