Items by Elizabeth Shogren

How do we define climate pollution's cost to society?
How do we define climate pollution's cost to society?
Every year, the government recalculates how much money a metric ton of carbon costs us.
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
Coal company bankruptcies jeopardize reclamation
The public could foot the bill for billions in cleanup costs.
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Feds announce moratorium on new coal leases
Interior Department will examine the federal coal program in light of climate change.
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Nevada decision guts the state’s thriving solar industry
Electric utility pushed effort to sour economics of rooftop solar.
Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy
Huge U.S. coal company declares bankruptcy
Bad investments, cheap natural gas and air pollution regulations led to Arch's decline.
Former BLM chief: Bundys ‘pursuing an agenda’ on public land
Budget bill would lift ban on crude exports and incentivize renewables
Budget bill would lift ban on crude exports and incentivize renewables
Months of bickering results in $1.1 trillion package to fund most of what the federal government does.
Western senators angle to influence Paris climate talks
Western senators angle to influence Paris climate talks
Wyoming's Barrasso is undermining the treaty, while New Mexico's Udall flew to Paris to support it.
At the BLM, a mixed record for renewables on public lands
At the BLM, a mixed record for renewables on public lands
Will the Paris talks help break bureaucratic deadlocks?
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Why are Western attorneys general going rogue?
Attorneys general sue the federal government, despite state governors’ objections.
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
The Colorado mine expansion could cost society billions of dollars in climate impacts.
Hillary Clinton woos coal communities
Hillary Clinton woos coal communities
Coal companies say government programs won’t replace their high-paying jobs.
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Despite the Keystone rejection, keep-it-in-the-ground activism is still a sideshow to the larger climate movement.
The campaign against coal
The campaign against coal
Where ‘keep it in the ground’ meets ‘keep the lights on.’
Bankruptcy expected for Arch Coal, a reflection of industry woes
Bankruptcy expected for Arch Coal, a reflection of industry woes
Climate policies make a rebound for coal unlikely.
Park Service may strengthen its oil and gas regulations
Park Service may strengthen its oil and gas regulations
Current rules give the agency little leverage to protect lands or restore damage once drilling companies pull out.
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
The presidential hopeful would move Interior Department from Washington to the West.
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Can the pope bridge the climate divide?
Catholics in the West are responding to his call. Will Congress?
The waning power of Alaskan lawmakers
The waning power of Alaskan lawmakers
The energy-backed powerhouses once wielded outsized influence in Congress. That’s changing.
EPA releases a stricter, health-based smog standard
EPA releases a stricter, health-based smog standard
Failure to meet the new requirements can trigger serious economic consequences for some communities.
Pope Francis and Obama make joint appeal for climate action
Pope Francis and Obama make joint appeal for climate action
Pope’s address promises to rile Republicans who deny human connection to climate change.
Iran deal adds to pain for US oil producers
Iran deal adds to pain for US oil producers
Experts disagree about how much incremental damage US drillers will suffer.
Where FEMA fails
Where FEMA fails
Better preparation can save money and lives, but pre-disaster funds are in short supply.
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.
Wyoming town wants low royalties for coal companies
Wyoming town wants low royalties for coal companies
In Interior Department listening session, Gillette miners air fears of new regulations.
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.
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.
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?
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