Energy & Industry

Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Feds move to protect birds from oil pits and power lines
Planned regulations come as many Western migratory species experience steep declines.
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could pipe in new business for the Western gas industry
By lowering tariffs and regulatory hurdles, the deal could make it easier to sell natural gas to Japan.
Revival or dam-nation?
Revival or dam-nation?
The push for alternative power could spawn a rush for small hydropower projects in the Northwest.
Uranium tangle, two years later
Residents of Weld County, Colo., continue to fight a uranium mine proposed in their backyards.
Navajo Nation passes green jobs legislation, 62-1
First tribe to set structure and policy for sustainable economy.
Retooling for the next mission
Retooling for the next mission
Iraq war veterans find a new life in Colorado, this time fighting for the environment with the help of Veterans Green Jobs.
Colorado Guv cozies up to natural gas
Colorado Guv cozies up to natural gas
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, facing a tough re-election campaign, takes a friendlier tack towards the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd.
Organic goes down a slippery road
Organic goes down a slippery road
Even as organic food gains in popularity, big corporations and Chinese imports are taking over the market and diluting the very meaning of "organic."
"Organic mecca" organizes against GMO sugar beets
Boulder County, Colorado open space targeted for genetically modified crops.
NW Renewables: Infrastructure needed
Experts say that transmission bottlenecks stifle alt energy boom in northwest.
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
Even hard-liners want to experiment in Arizona
The Center for Biological Diversity and the Grand Canyon Trust are working with a French timber entrepreneur to restore Arizona's unhealthy forests.
The Hungry Intern: Dinner
The Hungry Intern: Dinner
The starving journalist is no longer starving, and he filled up on all local foods.
The Hungry Intern: Lunch
The Hungry Intern: Lunch
Jeff's zany local food adventure continues with his second meal of the day.
The Hungry Intern: Breakfast
The Hungry Intern: Breakfast
Jeff Chen takes you on a zany adventure as he tries to eat locally, on a starving journalist's budget. Episode 1.
Alternative alternative energy in the West
Assistant Editor Sarah Gilman chats about HCN's summer special issue
The Renewable Energy Landscape
The Renewable Energy Landscape
Maps, charts and text locate the nation's major renewable energy resources and some big projects on Western public land.
Renewables: The Final Frontier
Renewables: The Final Frontier
Vaclav Smil is a historian who exemplifies Vulcan-style logic and skepticism when it comes to easy solutions to energy problems.
Learning to live with fewer watts
Fred Logg's small solar system powers some lights, his laptop and a small refrigerator -- but the energy source has its limitations.
Fracking, fracing or fraccing?
We know what it is, but how do we spell it?
From Pickups to PV
From Pickups to PV
Utility brings solar power to far-flung Navajos
Thinking Past the Moment
Thinking Past the Moment
The Sierra Club's Carl Zichella discusses the balancing act involved in finding the best -- and least environmentally sensitive -- places to put big renewable energy projects
Growing Away from Big Coal
Growing Away from Big Coal
In Colorado and New Mexico, some rural electric cooperatives are quietly fighting to get more of their power from local and renewable sources.