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Coal shifts to West July 19, 1974

Coal shifts to West

A curious thing is happening on the way to energy independence: an east-to-west shift in coal production is actually going to be putting western coal into power plants in West Virginia and Ohio.

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The Great Balancing Act July 05, 1974

The Great Balancing Act

Plans to extract oil shale from northwestern Colorado raise concerns about how to balance energy development with efforts to address social impacts, air pollution, oil shale tailings, and impacts to water and wildlife.

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It's chicken power tomorrow June 21, 1974

It's chicken power tomorrow

Digesting human, animal and vegetable wastes to produce methane is sure to become and important source of energy in the future.

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Energy boom -- plans and payments June 07, 1974

Energy boom -- plans and payments

A look at how Montana and Wyoming towns booming from energy development -- Rock Springs, Gillette, Hanna, Colstrip, Lame Deer -- are responding to pressures on their infrastructure, schools, police, health services, and social fabric.

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Return of the windmill May 24, 1974

Return of the windmill

There is nothing new about tapping the wind to produce energy, but a growing number of scientists are turning their attention to wind power as an alternative to burning fossil fuels.

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Water dictates Western future May 10, 1974

Water dictates Western future

Water -- the lack of it and the need for it -- looms ever larger in the West's developing energy situation. Water is used in huge amounts to generate electricity in coal-fired plants, to gasify coal, to liquify coal, and to develop oil shale.

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To dam a river April 26, 1974

To dam a river

Few environmental challenges seem as stark as the threat to dam a stretch of wild river like Montana's Upper Missouri. But the heyday of big dam building may be nearing an end.

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Judge calls showdown in Montana April 12, 1974

Judge calls showdown in Montana

Montana Gov. Thomas Judge has notified Interior Secretary Rogers Morton that the state will take the lead in regulating coal-fired power plants, rather than waiting for federal environmental impact statements for plants like Colstrip.

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Harnessing limitless energy March 29, 1974

Harnessing limitless energy

As independent, idealistic inventors forge ahead with plans to heat buildings with the sun, traditional institutions and businesses are taking cautious steps in the same direction.

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On the verge of extinction March 15, 1974

On the verge of extinction

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard, the Hawaiian hoary bat and the light-footed clapper -- all endangered species -- don't receive the attention they deserve.

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North Dakota's riskiest harvest March 01, 1974

North Dakota's riskiest harvest

North Dakota landowners and policy makers are weighing the "one-time harvest" of strippable lignite coal against the productivity of agricultural land that would be sacrificed.

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The hidden costs of coal February 15, 1974

The hidden costs of coal

Arnold Miller, the leader of the United Mine Workers of America, discusses the energy crisis and the coal industry.

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Everything you aren't supposed to know about nuclear power February 10, 1974

Everything you aren't supposed to know about nuclear power

Even as 146 nuclear power plants are under construction or on order -- on top of 36 nuclear power plants already operating -- public understanding of peaceful use of atomic energy has been inhibited by the Atomic Energy Commission.

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Oil shale fever rises in West January 18, 1974

Oil shale fever rises in West

With the present shortage of crude oil, industry is bidding hundreds of millions of dollars on leases to tap shale oil on public lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

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Not so exotic: Solar power for the Seventies January 04, 1974

Not so exotic: Solar power for the Seventies

Even though President Richard Nixon didn't mention solar energy once in his outline of "Project Independence," there's a lot of solar energy around, and working solar equipment exists today. If the U.S. were really determined to introduce solar energy in the 1970s, it could be done.

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Hooked on energy December 21, 1973

Hooked on energy

We have been enjoying an energy "high" for as long as most Americans can remember. And the most remarkable thing about the energy crisis is not that it came so fast or that is may have been contrived, but that we lack specific information about the energy we depend on.

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Reusing and recycling wastes: Kicking the garbage habit December 07, 1973

Reusing and recycling wastes: Kicking the garbage habit

Faced with growing volumes of trash, states like Connecticut and Oregon are leading the way with programs to reuse and recycle solid waste.

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The crisis in energy: Water comes up short November 23, 1973

The crisis in energy: Water comes up short

In Wyoming and eastern Montana, plans for harnessing the Powder River Basin's coal to ease the energy crisis are running into the realities of limited water supply.

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The making of an energy skinflint November 09, 1973

The making of an energy skinflint

Can citizens reduce demand by managing their energy more wisely? Experts believe they can, without greatly changing their lifestyles, if they wish.

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Black clouds gather October 26, 1973

Black clouds gather

As the energy crisis deepens, the clear skies of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains are threatened by the extraction of vast deposits of coal.

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Oil shale cost immense October 12, 1973

Oil shale cost immense

The Department of Interior is on the eve of releasing the shackles on oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming -- but conservation organizations are worried that the cost to the environment will be too high.

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Disaster waits in the wings, but our wastefulness continues September 28, 1973

Disaster waits in the wings, but our wastefulness continues

Little known or understood by the average American is his prodigious use -- and waste -- of all forms of energy. So wasteful have Americans been that we now find ourselves on the brink of energy disaster.

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Our land is finite ... September 14, 1973

Our land is finite ...

Viewed in historical perspective, the disruption of our western landscape by second home developments may be of far greater importance than any other factor -- more even than strip mining for coal, oil shale and uranium.

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Cody: homes on the range August 31, 1973

Cody: homes on the range

For the past year and a half, development near Cody, Wyo., has been stalled while the county writes and adopts comprehensive zoning regulations. But developers have plans for turning a narrow strip of land abutting the Shoshone National Forest into recreational homes, condominiums, and golf courses.

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"Land of Bewilderment" August 17, 1973

"Land of Bewilderment"

For years, Streamboat Springs, Colo., showed the normal, orderly growth expected in a prosperous rural community that also caters to tourists. Now, a rush of growth has pushed condos up the sides of the mountains and transformed the community.

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