Politics

Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Obama’s new rules won’t necessarily knock out the West’s aging power plants.
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Green groups spent big in the last election in the Northwest.
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Is Yucca Mountain back on the table?
Obama mothballed the nuclear waste storage project. Now some Republicans seem determined to bring it back out.
Montana farmers start talking climate change
Montana farmers start talking climate change
The Montana Farmers Union is fighting political polarization with pragmatic discussions about how to adapt and what to expect.
In Colorado, two mass shootings haven't stopped attacks on gun control
In Colorado, two mass shootings haven't stopped attacks on gun control
Gun rights continue to polarize groups on both sides, as battle lines are drawn for 2016.
EPA proposes reducing methane leaks from oil and gas production
EPA proposes reducing methane leaks from oil and gas production
The regulations are part of Obama’s strategy to fight climate change.
The Latest: San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining
The Latest: San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining
Resolution Copper company engineered a land swap with the feds, but locals oppose it.
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
The Silicon Valley of marijuana
Local officials want Pueblo County, Colorado, to be the best place to grow, but not everyone’s high on the idea.
The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
The Endangered Species Act's biggest experiment
Will an unprecedented collaborative effort and lots of tax dollars be enough to finally save sage grouse?
Tracking grazing’s impacts on bugs
Tracking grazing’s impacts on bugs
A Montana biologist studies how livestock influence a favorite sage grouse food source.
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
One step forward, two steps back, starting from 1995.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
The threat of a national monument gets Boulder-White Clouds the highest protection.
California drought renews push for water storage projects
California drought renews push for water storage projects
A long-standing proposal to enlarge Shasta Dam gets a boost from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Congress should appoint delegates to represent tribal nations
Congress should appoint delegates to represent tribal nations
Why indigenous voices are needed to make U.S. a better democracy.
Sparks fly in Colorado over the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Sparks fly in Colorado over the EPA's Clean Power Plan
State attorney general may challenge the emissions limit, though a top state environment official supports it.
Obama slashes greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
Obama slashes greenhouse gas emissions from power plants
The EPA's historic Clean Power Plan makes a big push for renewables.
Arrival of the cost-benefit state
Arrival of the cost-benefit state
The Supreme Court wants the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh human health against costs to industry.
The Latest: Oregon governor passes ethics reforms
The Latest: Oregon governor passes ethics reforms
The new reforms bar governors’ partners from using their position for personal gain.
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Activists target shipping hubs to influence fossil fuel development in Alaska.
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Should royalties be higher to account for social costs of climate change?
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Highlights and what it would mean for Western states.
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Despite the drought, agriculture in California is in better shape than you might think.