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.
Aldo Leopold might call it the new agrarianism
Aldo Leopold might call it the new agrarianism
Aldo Leopold advocated many conservation methods, but perhaps most important, he advocated a land ethic.
Time for the cows to come home
Autumn is cattle drive time, when winter management of the herd begins.
Audubon feathers fly in Arizona
Audubon feathers fly in Arizona
A controversial proposed land swap reveals the growing rift between Maricopa Audubon and a new and wealthier rival -- Audubon Arizona.
Biotech beet-down
Biotech beet-down
That candy bar you're eating may have been made with genetically modified beets that were illegally approved.
Tapping into methane
Coal mines may be able to turn waste greenhouse gas into energy.
Butte Pacific
On Superfund and the ranching life.
Bright sunshiny day
Arizona's solar industry is finally picking up steam.
The long dark tea time of the split estate
Feds may finally begin contacting landowners when they lease mineral rights under their property.
"Nuclear whack-a-mole"
Utah goes to court against nuclear waste company EnergySolutions.
Thunderstorm in late August
On Rivers and Ranching: Superfunds and the Ranching Life
Down and out
New Mexico farm workers fight for their rights.
Solar salvation?
Solar salvation?
Timber companies and unemployed workers are looking to renewable energy for an economic boost.
Milk: It doesn't always do a body good
A comprehensive list of dairy accidents and deaths in the West
Parks for the people -- not profit
Parks for the people -- not profit
Sen. Dianne Feinstein ignored the public when she tried – and failed – to set up a special deal for a privately owned oyster company at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore.
The dark side of dairies
The dark side of dairies
A combination of lax laws and poor oversight leaves dairy workers vulnerable to exploitation and on-the-job dangers.
Mission critical
Mission critical
With global warming threatening the planet, even environmentalists are looking more kindly at natural gas.
Natural gas, the miracle fuel!
After a flurry of industry lobbying, Dems and greens get gassy.
You gotta dream big when you dream about oil shale
You gotta dream big when you dream about oil shale
Why not mine oil shale here in the West, but send it off to be processed somewhere else?
A Solar Plant a Tortoise Could Love
Could eSolar's Sierra SunTower help to end the Mojave land wars?
The rural West, on clearance
Agricultural land values plunge in the mountain West.