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Lame ducks and a question mark lead Wyoming June 16, 1978

Lame ducks and a question mark lead Wyoming

Sen. Malcom Wallop's shifty and compromising environmental record is an indication of politics in Wyoming, where "conservative" and "conservation" and still uneasily linked.

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Dirty air a health hazard in 30 areas of West June 02, 1978

Dirty air a health hazard in 30 areas of West

While air pollution is generally not considered to be a problem in the West (with the obvious exceptions like Los Angeles and Denver), all Western states have areas that do not meet minimum federal clean air standards.

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Montanans face turmoil next election May 19, 1978

Montanans face turmoil next election

Montana's congressional delegation may be going through major changes this year after almost two decades of stability under the combined leadership of Democratic Senators Mike Mansfield and Lee Metcalf.

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Environmentalists, backlash, and the 'New Right' May 05, 1978

Environmentalists, backlash, and the 'New Right'

Political attacks against Arizona Congressman Morris Udall are one example of recent political backlash against environmentalism, and may be part of a larger shift toward conservatism.

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McGrew calls insulation push 'a consumer ripoff' April 21, 1978

McGrew calls insulation push 'a consumer ripoff'

Jay McGrew, an independent energy conservation consultant, says "the insulation business is a little bit like the insurance business. The salesmen always want to sell you more than you need."

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Idaho elects wilderness champ and foe to Congress April 07, 1978

Idaho elects wilderness champ and foe to Congress

Idaho voters continue to elect both Sen. Frank Church, who has gained a national reputation as an environmental leader, as well as Rep. Steve Symms, who is known for wanting to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Colorado, maverick of the inland Western states March 24, 1978

Colorado, maverick of the inland Western states

Colorado's congressional delegation has the best environmental voting record of any state in the Northern Rockies. Only on the issue of water has Colorado recently voted as a typical inland Western delegation.

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The West mines, mills and worships radioactive fuel March 10, 1978

The West mines, mills and worships radioactive fuel

As with any other Western religion, the worship of uranium is a mixture of love and fear of the deity worshiped. And fear of radioactive uranium may be well justified.

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North Dakota's delegation listens to agriculture February 24, 1978

North Dakota's delegation listens to agriculture

All three of North Dakota's congressmen were first elected before the environment was a major political issue, and because the state has a strong tradition of returning incumbents to office, all three continue to be re-elected despite their generally poor environmental records.

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Are commercial solar systems worth the price? February 10, 1978

Are commercial solar systems worth the price?

Enthusiasm for solar electric technology is being dampened by the reality that most consumers cannot afford it.

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Defenders of nature in the nation's highest court January 27, 1978

Defenders of nature in the nation's highest court

William O. Douglas has articulated one of the most progressive environmental concepts of recent times: that the natural world should have legal rights.

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BPA bill shapes destiny of states in Rockies January 13, 1978

BPA bill shapes destiny of states in Rockies

Conservationists are alarmed by a bill that would makes it easier for the Bonneville Power Administration to build power plants in Western coal-producing states.

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Indians wresting for control over their minerals December 30, 1977

Indians wresting for control over their minerals

Indian tribes, given land that a hundred years ago was often considered wasteland, realize that the vast wealth of their coal, oil, gas, and uranium can represent both a threat as well as a blessing, and are taking steps to increase tribal influence over Indian-owned energy resources.

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Yellowcake spilled; clean up slow, disorganized December 16, 1977

Yellowcake spilled; clean up slow, disorganized

A highway accident on Colorado's southeastern plains resulted in a spill of ground-up concentrate of uranium oxide, raising danger of radiation poisoning in the vicinity.

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Oil development threatens forests December 02, 1977

Oil development threatens forests

The discovery of a potential major oil and gas deposit in the heart of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming is creating a conflict between two highly valued resources: oil and wilderness.

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South Wyoming may not look like much, but ... November 18, 1977

South Wyoming may not look like much, but ...

Although the sagebrush flats of southern Wyoming appear monotonous and dry, to biologists they are a complex natural system -- one that is likely to be disturbed by extraction of coal.

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Solar heating industry troubled by installation, operating problems November 04, 1977

Solar heating industry troubled by installation, operating problems

The stories of solar homeowners indicate that harnessing the sun for heat by putting collectors on a roof may not be as simple as it appears.

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Destined for conflict -- or destruction October 21, 1977

Destined for conflict -- or destruction

If America expects to preserve the grizzly bear, certain public land use policies must change. And there is no better example than the custom of allowing thousands of domestic sheep to graze the last remnants of grizzly habitat around Yellowstone National Park.

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Former foes try combining forces October 07, 1977

Former foes try combining forces

In the West, environmentalists and farmers and ranchers have worked together for several years opposing some common threats, including coal mines, loss of agricultural water, the social impact of industrialization, and transmission lines.

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Flathead Coalition primes for battle with Canada September 23, 1977

Flathead Coalition primes for battle with Canada

Concerned citizens in Montana's North Fork Flathead River valley are organizing against a proposal by Sage Creek Coal Ltd. to mine coal upstream, across the Canadian border.

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Firms buy out opposition September 09, 1977

Firms buy out opposition

ANG Coal Gasification Company quieted opposition to its plans for a facility in North Dakota by purchasing land owned by members of the community who opposed the project.

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Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality August 12, 1977

Northern Cheyenne tribe wins Class I air quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Northern Cheyenne Indian tribe's request for Class I -- the most stringent classification -- air quality for its reservation, a decision that could have a major impact on nearby construction of the Colstrip power plant units 3 and 4.

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Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium July 29, 1977

Tribes probe possibilities of their coal, uranium

Recent headlines saying that 22 Indian tribes are meeting with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have brought national attention to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, an organization that had virtually been ignored since its formation in 1975.

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Building political power -- future of a movement July 15, 1977

Building political power -- future of a movement

HCN editor Dan Whipple takes stock of the environmental movement and its quest for clout in the political system.

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Cowtown's manure means megawatts July 01, 1977

Cowtown's manure means megawatts

A Colorado company called Bio-Gas claims it can provide rural electricity by harvesting and digesting cow manure to produce burnable methane gas.

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