Energy & Industry

EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
Veterans of the agency say the shake-up is unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
California enters the global climate stage
California enters the global climate stage
As Trump backs off climate agreement, California tackles ambitious renewables goal.
Colorado likely to adopt tough new rural renewable energy requirements
Astronomical rate increases unlikely to follow
Navajos double-down on coal
Urban utilities want out of the coal business. The nation’s biggest tribe wants in.
Arizona's impending solar war
Battle lines are drawn as AZ's biggest utility threatens to axe net metering
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law
A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.
Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
Necessary evil: a review of Boom, Bust, Boom
A book review of Bill Carter's Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about copper, the metal that runs the world
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
The latest: Mixed messages about nuclear power safety
Ex-nuclear regulatory commission chief says no U.S. nuclear plants are safe, while California's San Onofre plant plans to restart
Could California lead the West on regulating fracking?
The region's original oil state weighs environmental costs and economic benefits
Climate change, not terrorists, is the real threat to the power grid
A substation sabotage in San Jose stirs up the conspiracy theorists
Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro
Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro
Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.
High-tech canary in the copper mine
New radar technologies helped Kennecott predict huge mine landslide
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
Sacrificial Land: Will renewable energy devour the Mojave Desert?
An unlikely group of activists is championing a new bill to protect the Mojave Desert. But even if it passes, large swaths of once empty land will be developed.
The New California Desert Protection Act
The New California Desert Protection Act
A map of desert areas proposed for protection, some of which are also slated for energy projects.
On losing nothing
On losing nothing
Climate change will transform both the Arctic and the Mojave Desert, but for different reasons
Federal Helium Reserve faces uncertainty amid global shortage
Federal Helium Reserve faces uncertainty amid global shortage
An obscure BLM facility plays a critical role in a market hit hard by the fracking boom
Is coal making a comeback?
A "symbiotic relationship" between natural gas and renewables has yet to make as much headway as hoped.
Does oil and gas drilling cause earthquakes?
Industry experts give conflicting views on the connection
Smug alert
Smug alert
None of us are without sin when it comes to using energy.
To kill or not to kill?
A bill in Congress would ban horse slaughter (again)
Uranium ban rethink?
What if a ban on extraction could be used as a bargaining chip to benefit the community?
For climate's sake, finish your veggies
For climate's sake, finish your veggies
Wasting food, wasting energy