Items by Randy Udall

No thanks, Estonia
No thanks, Estonia
Estonia can keep its Stone Age, oil-shale technology, along with its air pollution.
High Noon for solar
High Noon for solar
Why does solar power development lag in the United States when it has taken off all over Europe?
Fracking is the big new gun
Fracking is the big new gun
Hydraulic fracturing is changing the energy industry -- and the entire nation -- in ways we’re only beginning to understand.
The big bonfire
The big bonfire
The economy is stuck in a ditch, but on climate change the U.S. is finally moving in the right direction.
Mission critical
Mission critical
With global warming threatening the planet, even environmentalists are looking more kindly at natural gas.
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.
Chill, baby, chill
Chill, baby, chill
The largest drilling boom in Western history is ending as new technologies make it easier to get shale gas from other parts of the country.
The little island that could
The little island that could
The small Danish island of Samso runs entirely on renewable energy. The West could do the same.
Drilling with Charlie
Randy Udall’s friend Charlie has spent his life drilling for oil and natural gas.
The energy we take for granted is becoming scarce
Randy Udall hopes this year’s cold and snowy winter reminds Rocky Mountain Westerners that the best way to stay warm is by conserving energy.
Falling off the heat ladder
In the Rocky Mountains, a cold and snowy winter reminds Westerners that the best way to stay warm is by conserving energy.
It’s time to call the gas industry’s bluff
Randy Udall says it’s high time the gas industry paid its fair share of severance taxes in Colorado.
Time to call the gas industry’s bluff
Randy Udall says Colorado needs to act now to collect severance taxes from the natural gas companies that are making a fortune from the state.
Oil shale is still a pig in a poke
The writer can’t believe oil shale is back
An ode to the Marstons
An ode to the Marstons
We are the Oil Tribe
Within the American Oil Tribe, oil matters so much and yet means so little that we refuse to even think about the fact that we are going to run out of it.
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