Energy & Industry

Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
How might Trump’s administration unmake a monument, and what’s at stake? Experts offer some answers.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
Companies are hunting for lithium near Moab, Utah.
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The Interior Department considers trimming back sage grouse conservation.
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
No more gold giveaways on our public lands
No more gold giveaways on our public lands
It's time to get a fair price for the public's hardrock minerals
Energy imbalance WTF?!
A little-noticed deal could be a big deal for renewable energy in the West
Here comes the sun?
Coal plant's closure could mean renewable energy for tribes
Pollinator problems
New research shows how much we rely on native bees and other pollinators.
Coal's gasping on the Colorado Plateau
Do agreements to shut down units at two of the West's biggest plants signal the end of the dirty fuel?
Feds enabled oil drillers, others to cheat Fort Berthold tribes
Feds enabled oil drillers, others to cheat Fort Berthold tribes
Tribal corruption and lowball prices have denied an oil-rich North Dakota Indian reservation more than $1 billion in royalties and leases
Water is life for the Navajo Nation
Water is life for the Navajo Nation
The Navajos need clean renewable-energy projects, not polluting coal-fired power plants.
Delayed gratification
Megaloads opposition is having a lingering impact