Energy & Industry

Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Renewable energy on tribal lands stalls out
Is the Bureau of Indian Affairs delaying wind and solar projects?
Court sides with industry on power plant emissions
Court sides with industry on power plant emissions
Supreme Court decision is a setback to one of the biggest environmental actions of the Obama administration.
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
How plain old economics could end Molycorp’s Mountain Pass Mine in the Mojave Desert.
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Utilities experiment on the rural Northwest
Real-time response to demand could radically shift how the grid operates.
From the Tipi to the Tesla
From the Tipi to the Tesla
Activist Winona LaDuke on environmental justice and foregoing unclean technology.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Latest: Feds pay final installments of $3.4 million settlement to Native Americans
The Cobell case paid mineral royalties long due to tribal members.
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
NASA finds methane hot spot over Four Corners
The culprit is the extensive fossil fuel industry infrastructure, not just fracking or coal mines.
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
For the first time in a decade, Alaskan oil heads for Asia
Amid energy boom in lower 48, Alaska looks to sell its oil overseas.
About the price of oil
About the price of oil
Since rig counts follow oil prices, the current slump will hurt Western economies.
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
When a worker died on the job, the company paid a $6,700 penalty, inciting new discussion on the issue.
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
How a gigantic federal bureaucracy is positioning itself to manage resources at a “landscape” level.
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
Can Hickenlooper get his middle-of-the-road magic back?
The Colorado governor has Democratic politicians calmed and fractivists pissed.
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Even greenie hotspots get their economic mojo from fossil fuels.
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
Will it stop more solar and wind projects from being built in the wrong places?
War of the words
War of the words
New oil and gas ‘codebook’ aims to help the public muddle through the fracking debate
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Manmade quakes shake the Southwest
Tremors in Colorado and New Mexico linked to coalbed methane extraction.
Tragedy, coincidence and patterns
Tragedy, coincidence and patterns
Review of “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West” by Sarah Alisabeth Fox.
Rural and small town employment still lags
Rural and small town employment still lags
Metro areas are bouncing back from the Great Recession more quickly.
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
How high are the stakes for Western coal producers?
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Massive incentive package raises questions about corporate welfare.
Ruling green lights temporary nuclear waste storage
Ruling green lights temporary nuclear waste storage
With no central underground depository, above-ground casks will have to do.