Energy & Industry

What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
The court-released exchanges show Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with oil and gas could impact energy development.
Why conservatives should fight for Obama’s methane rules
Why conservatives should fight for Obama’s methane rules
Waste is not a conservative ideal.
Harry Reid exits the ring
Harry Reid exits the ring
In an era of political gridlock, Congress loses a leader who got things done for the West.
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
The conservative, golf-playing retirees of Queen Valley, Ariz., are determined to stop a giant copper mine.
From gust to gale
So-called "grass-roots" opposition to wind may be centrally organized by powerful conservative think tanks and funded by oil and gas
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
Eastern Colorado’s Pawnee Buttes have witnessed so many historical changes that they’re likely to survive the current energy-development boom.
Frack fricasee
Election-year politics (partially) hijack Interior's new rules for hydraulic fracturing
Little grousing on the prairie
As drilling interest in the national grassland grows, few step up to protect it
Haste makes waste
More babble from the haymakers of energy politics
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes have long wanted a stake in the state's occasional oil booms, but the size, scope and speed of the Bakken development caught them completely unprepared.
Got the gold bug? Tour a mine.
It might just cure you
Land ownership on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
As his retirement looms, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., pushes a "clean energy" bill, one that broadens the energy mix beyond traditional "renewable" sources.
When a boom is not a boon
When a boom is not a boon
In North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes are trying to cope with both the benefits and the unexpected problems brought by the Bakken oil rush.
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.
Insects v. orange juice lovers
The best way to stop a deadly citrus disease may be genetic engineering
Friday news roundup: Dwindling elk herds and the end of new coal plants?
Aging aqueducts, nuclear power large and small, and the dangers of working in Wyoming
Is that MRSA in your porkchop?
The Food and Drug Administration is forced to confront risks of antibiotic overuse in confined animal feeding operations
The superweeds are coming!
Roundup-resistant weeds are on the increase across the U.S. The situation is bad; the solution to fix it looks worse
New Keystone XL route could still threaten Ogallala aquifer
While proposal avoids sandhills, pipeline will still cross shallow groundwater areas
Sodbusting farmers plow up the Northern Plains prairie
Sodbusting farmers plow up the Northern Plains prairie
The biofuels "corn bubble" and other financial incentives encourage farmers to plow up native grassland in the sensitive Northern Plains prairie potholes ecosystem; government policies don't help.
Friday news roundup: repeals and drying rivers
Fish v. farmers in California; cleaning up gas; marijuana mayhem
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
A moral issue confronts industrial farmers
Farmers in Nebraska are feeling the pressure from groups that demand better treatment for animals on factory farms.