Energy & Industry

Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
The president’s commitment to oil and gas development gets tested.
West Obsessed: Early days of the Trump administration
West Obsessed: Early days of the Trump administration
Trump has made clear his domestic agenda. What do his energy policies mean for the West?
Why we need methane rules
Why we need methane rules
I worked in the oil and gas industry. Volunteer emission controls don’t work.
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
Beyond control
State governments wrestle with locals over the power to regulate oil and gas
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
A mom-and-pop oil company prospects for gas in central Wyoming
Wold Oil Properties is a wildcatter - a small company that explores for oil and gas in areas where the fuels aren't known to exist in valuable quantities.
Monopolies march on
The Obama administration's antitrust actions have failed to materialize for those in agriculture
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