Energy & Industry

At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
At Standing Rock, activists dig in on historic treaty land
‘Water protectors’ say they won’t move on a Dec. 5 eviction notice.
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
According to tribal law experts, not much.
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
The staff of High Country News discuss the inherit paradoxes in the president-elect’s campaign promises.
Why industry doesn't like "fracking" and neither do I
The word "fracking" has great PR value for environmental activists, but it seems to be completely taking over the debate over oil and gas development.
Tar sands battle continues in California courts
Legal brawl over state's low-carbon fuel rule will affect global markets for Canada's dirtier crude
Let the EPA finish its work in Pavillion, Wyoming
Let the EPA finish its work in Pavillion, Wyoming
The gas industry and its political partners are going to great lengths to try to derail and discredit an EPA report that blames Pavillion, Wyoming’s polluted water on hydraulic fracking.
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
Colorado's green(ish) gas baron
A conversation with Ed Warner about energy, academics and the environment
Renewables forecast: rainy with patchy sunshine
Government report shows renewables edging out nuclear
Why railroads want coal exports
The rail industry would benefit from global export terminals
On Keystone XL route, states allow different risks, reap different benefits
On Keystone XL route, states allow different risks, reap different benefits
An InsideClimate News comparison shows that, of the six states the proposed pipeline moves through, only Montana has authority to re-route the pipeline, and Kansas has given TransCanada a 10-year tax exemption.
Raymond Ansotegui and the art of artificially inseminating cattle
Raymond Ansotegui and the art of artificially inseminating cattle
The "overeducated cowboy" Raymond Ansotegui roams the West in the "Shaggin' Wagon," artificially inseminating cattle with the help of friends and family.
Boulder, Colo., votes for energy independence -- from its utility
Boulder, Colo., votes for energy independence -- from its utility
After a hard-fought political campaign the town of Boulder passed a ballot initiative allowing it to create its own municipal utility in order to help reach its ambitious environmental goals.
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