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  • States lead charge against global warming

    With the federal government dragging its feet, Western states are beginning to take action to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and global warming

  • Cross(border) winds

    Cross(border) winds

    Facing tough opposition in the Southern California desert, companies look to build renewable energy plants in Mexico.

  • High Country Views, Big solar marches on

    High Country Views, Big solar marches on

    Cally Carswell talks with HCN contributing editor Judith Lewis about the muscle the feds are putting behind solar energy development on public land.

  • Voters shape energy policy by choosing utility regulators

    Voters shape energy policy by choosing utility regulators

    Races for seats on state commissions that oversee utilities are among the most important elections you’ve never heard of. They could decide the future of renewable energy in Montana and Arizona this year.

  • Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables

    Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables

    Rural Lake County, Ore., has gone from a timber economy to one based on producing - and exporting - renewable energy.

  • Let's Get Small

    Let's Get Small

    Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?

  • A political speech the West needs to hear

    High Country News imagines – and delivers – the kind of speech about our energy future that the West needs to hear from its next president.

  • Power from the underground

    Geothermal power heats up in Reno, Nev., as the West begins to pay more attention to its underground energy resources.

  • Two weeks in the West

    Despite a cold winter, the West is still warming; the Southern Nevada Water Authority has wild ideas about water; renewable energy is on a roll, but expensive Western resorts are not; neglected Forest Service roads make a mess in the Pacific Northwest.

  • 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.

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