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.
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.
The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
The BLM struggles to get ahead of oil and gas development in the West
Master leasing plans, or MLPs, are a new tool designed to help the Bureau of Land Management better coordinate energy leasing and development in areas that may need special treatment or protection.
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Four families cooperate on conservation easements in order to save a huge ranch in Colorado from development.
That old Bakken forth
Drillers again sniffing around Montana's not-actually-fully protected Rocky Mountain Front
U.S. is net energy exporter! (Psych!)
Despite recent headlines, the "drill baby drill" method isn't getting us close to breaking our dependence on foreign oil
A fresh focus on frack attacks
A fresh focus on frack attacks
In all the fuss about fracking, the many other problems caused by rampant oil and gas development are being overlooked.
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Our nuclear legacy should have taught us something
Utah considers building a nuclear power plant despite the fact that it's still cleaning up the mess left over from the last uranium boom.
Words are wind
In Idaho, anti-wind advocates build buzz with billboards
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
Obama praises natural gas, but is there enough to satisfy U.S. demand?
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to please everyone, but even his renewable energy proposals rely on finding more natural gas than may exist.
Oil and gas water use: the real issues
Drilling spouts more (salty toxic nasty) water than it slurps
Green Revolution 2.0? Using molecular markers to speed up Mendel
Breeding drought-resistant crops without genetic modification
Air quality and energy development
Critics worry about water, but air pollution from oil and gas can also be significant
The education of an oyster farmer
The education of an oyster farmer
If you want to run a successful oyster farm, you need to develop a taste for eating raw oysters.
The buzz on bees
Scientists make some progress in understanding what's killing off the nation's honeybees.
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Greenhouse gas sources, emitters and effects
Although the West supplies most of the nation’s coal, the effects of coal-fired plant emissions are felt much further afield.
EPA grilled over Pavillion report
At a House hearing, state officials and industry representatives face off against agency and health scientists