Energy & Industry

EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
EPA staffers weigh in on the damage of Trump’s team
Veterans of the agency say the shake-up is unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
California enters the global climate stage
California enters the global climate stage
As Trump backs off climate agreement, California tackles ambitious renewables goal.
It’s the pits
New Mexico’s conservative pols rage against one of the nation's strictest oil and gas rules
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
There's (still) gold in them thar hills
Soaring prices are driving a new gold rush -- among mining behemoths and small-time prospectors.
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
Retirees join environmentalists in fighting Arizona copper mine
The conservative, golf-playing retirees of Queen Valley, Ariz., are determined to stop a giant copper mine.
From gust to gale
So-called "grass-roots" opposition to wind may be centrally organized by powerful conservative think tanks and funded by oil and gas
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
The Pawnee Buttes oversee a changing landscape
Eastern Colorado’s Pawnee Buttes have witnessed so many historical changes that they’re likely to survive the current energy-development boom.
Frack fricasee
Election-year politics (partially) hijack Interior's new rules for hydraulic fracturing
Little grousing on the prairie
As drilling interest in the national grassland grows, few step up to protect it
Haste makes waste
More babble from the haymakers of energy politics
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
The Other Bakken Boom: America’s biggest oil rush brings tribal conflict
North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes have long wanted a stake in the state's occasional oil booms, but the size, scope and speed of the Bakken development caught them completely unprepared.
Got the gold bug? Tour a mine.
It might just cure you
Land ownership on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
Redefining "renewable" to get a clean energy bill through Congress
As his retirement looms, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., pushes a "clean energy" bill, one that broadens the energy mix beyond traditional "renewable" sources.
When a boom is not a boon
When a boom is not a boon
In North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes are trying to cope with both the benefits and the unexpected problems brought by the Bakken oil rush.
Solar power works best when it stays small and local
Solar power works best when it stays small and local
Industrial-style, large-scale solar developments on Western public lands are simply not the right way to go.
Insects v. orange juice lovers
The best way to stop a deadly citrus disease may be genetic engineering
Friday news roundup: Dwindling elk herds and the end of new coal plants?
Aging aqueducts, nuclear power large and small, and the dangers of working in Wyoming
Is that MRSA in your porkchop?
The Food and Drug Administration is forced to confront risks of antibiotic overuse in confined animal feeding operations
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.