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  • Solar power works best when it stays small and local

    Solar power works best when it stays small and local

    Industrial-style, large-scale solar developments on Western public lands are simply not the right way to go.

  • Tips for a bright - and efficient - Christmas

    Tips for a bright - and efficient - Christmas

    LED light bulbs will light up your life -- and reduce the need for new, polluting coal power plants.

  • A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy

    A closer look at Obama's judges, federal agencies, and his approach to science and secrecy

    A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.

  • Accidental Wilderness

    Accidental Wilderness

    Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.

  • The same old Sen. Reid?

    The same old Sen. Reid?

    Year after year, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has stood squarely in the path of every attempt to reform the 1872 Mining Law. Plus: The Energy Department wants to dump tons of deadly mercury, most likely in the West.

  • Powered by pond scum

    Colorado inventor Jim Sears is among those researchers fascinated by the possibility that algae farms in the Southwest could provide a source of biodiesel.

  • Sans petrol

    Willits, Calif., is one of a growing number of communities trying to prepare for a post-oil world by becoming economically and agriculturally sustainable.

  • Clearing a path for power

    An ambitious plan to create new corridors for power lines and pipelines will make it easier for utility companies to tap into the West’s energy boom

  • Colorado River kisses a toxic mess good-bye

    The Department of Energy finally agrees to move the Atlas uranium mine tailings pile away from Moab, Utah, and the flood risk of the Colorado River.

  • Follow-up

    Anti-nuclear groups seek contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory; California ORVs to stay off desert tortoise habitat; factory-farm polluters immune to lawsuits; new Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. joins property-rights law firm in fight against mon

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