Energy & Industry

Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
Latest: EPA finalizes rules to reduce methane leakage
The rules target new oil and gas infrastructure.
Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Mapping the large-scale loss of natural areas in the West
Urban sprawl, energy development, agriculture and forestry have an ever-larger footprint on the West.
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
What the U.S. can learn from European coal miners’ second act
Europe and the U.S. have taken different paths in response to climate concerns and coal declines.
The circular logic of energy independence
Energy self-sufficiency isn't realistic in our global economy
Holiday cheer for colleges leading the way
Despite cutbacks, Arizona State and other universities have still adopted solar power
Who really imports U.S. coal, and other facts about coal exports
Charts to help you understand coal's global movements
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.
Oregon natural gas export terminal gets first approval
It could become the first export facility on the U.S. West Coast
Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time
Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time
The Environmental Protection Agency finds a connection between fracking and water pollution
Friday News Roundup: Nuclear uncertainty
After Fukushima, American nuclear soldiers on, slowly
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Hersh Saunders' transformation from prosthodontist to kosher slaughterer
Frustrated by the difficulty of finding kosher meat from humanely raised animals, Rabbi Hersh Saunders began raising livestock and learned to butcher in the ritual way as a shochet.
The Estonian connection: Or how I started worrying about oil shale
Will a global oil shale push make it to the U.S. West?
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
A citizen activist forces New Mexico's dairies to clean up their act
When a giant dairy proposed building near Jerry Nivens' beloved New Mexico home, the chain-smoking Texas hermit became an activist who organized other locals to fight the industry.
Friday news roundup: speeding renewable projects on tribal lands
Interior deadlines would accelerate languishing lease applications
Can an old mine become a work of art?
Can an old mine become a work of art?
The old Ute-Ule mine site outside Lake City, Colo., is under scrutiny by the Hardrock Revision Team, which wants to clean up the mine and yet preserve it as a living and historic work of art.
Don't drink the (benzene) water
Pavillion, Wyo., residents learn what's in their tainted water, but can't say if gas drilling fouled it
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
A Texas town welcomes dairies; a New Mexico activist fights them
Jana Hughes, of Hobbs, N.M., does not find dairies to be good neighbors. Janet Claborn, of Muleshoe, Texas, has recruited 14 dairies to her town and sees them as an economic development blessing.
Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own
Farm incubators help would-be farmers succeed on their own
Viva Farms is a "farm incubator" in Washington's Skagit Valley that helps aspiring cash-poor farmers like Nelida Martinez start and successfully operate their own businesses.
The ranchers who turned the tide against the XL pipeline
A grass roots effort that worked
Changing the way renewables are funded
One idea: rob from the rich (subsidized fossil fuels) and give to the poor (renewables)
The (slowly) changing face of energy country
In many corners of the Southwest, renewable energy potential remains just that
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
Feds attempt to speed complicated process of building power lines
The Obama administration's electrical transmission permitting agencies are cooperating to speed grid updates and fast track clean energy projects, as demand for power grows.
Spotty enforcement in the gas patch
New report finds weak and inconsistent regulations.