Issues

BLM exposes own grazing abuses
BLM exposes own grazing abuses
A Bureau of Land Management report has found that severe overgrazing and other aspects of poor range management on public lands in Nevada have led to loss of wildlife habitat, destruction of cultural sites, and erosion.
The last great carving up of America
The last great carving up of America
In Vail, Colorado, where rapid and erratic growth has created a $160 million haven of affluence and alpine luxury, the prospects for the deer aren't good.
Cheyenne fight, again, for land
Cheyenne fight, again, for land
With nearly half their reservation lands covered with coal exploration permits or leases, the Northern Cheyenne tribe in Montana has reason to believe that full-scale development could threaten their continued tribal existence.
Earth energy
Earth energy
Although geothermal energy is often praised as clean and limitless, first attempts to utilize it have stirred up air and water pollution, radiation, and potential earthquakes -- not to mention legal, financial and governmental tangles.
So rich a solitude
So rich a solitude
The conflict over logging on Arizona's Escudilla Mountain is headed to the courts unless the Forest Service, now mired in increasingly poor public relations statewide, reopens the possibility of a settlement.
Coal conflict on Tongue River
Coal conflict on Tongue River
The Decker-Birney Resource Study has identified 285,000 acres of superior coal reserves along the Tongue River in southern Montana, stirring up opposition from local ranchers.
Has the second home peak passed?
Has the second home peak passed?
Land use planning has entered a new phase of complexity as tight money has slowed the pace of condominium and second home development.
Coal shifts to West
Coal shifts to West
A curious thing is happening on the way to energy independence: an east-to-west shift in coal production is actually going to be putting western coal into power plants in West Virginia and Ohio.
The Great Balancing Act
The Great Balancing Act
Plans to extract oil shale from northwestern Colorado raise concerns about how to balance energy development with efforts to address social impacts, air pollution, oil shale tailings, and impacts to water and wildlife.
It's chicken power tomorrow
It's chicken power tomorrow
Digesting human, animal and vegetable wastes to produce methane is sure to become and important source of energy in the future.
Energy boom -- plans and payments
Energy boom -- plans and payments
A look at how Montana and Wyoming towns booming from energy development -- Rock Springs, Gillette, Hanna, Colstrip, Lame Deer -- are responding to pressures on their infrastructure, schools, police, health services, and social fabric.
Return of the windmill
Return of the windmill
There is nothing new about tapping the wind to produce energy, but a growing number of scientists are turning their attention to wind power as an alternative to burning fossil fuels.
Water dictates Western future
Water dictates Western future
Water -- the lack of it and the need for it -- looms ever larger in the West's developing energy situation. Water is used in huge amounts to generate electricity in coal-fired plants, to gasify coal, to liquify coal, and to develop oil shale.
To dam a river
To dam a river
Few environmental challenges seem as stark as the threat to dam a stretch of wild river like Montana's Upper Missouri. But the heyday of big dam building may be nearing an end.
Judge calls showdown in Montana
Judge calls showdown in Montana
Montana Gov. Thomas Judge has notified Interior Secretary Rogers Morton that the state will take the lead in regulating coal-fired power plants, rather than waiting for federal environmental impact statements for plants like Colstrip.
Harnessing limitless energy
Harnessing limitless energy
As independent, idealistic inventors forge ahead with plans to heat buildings with the sun, traditional institutions and businesses are taking cautious steps in the same direction.
On the verge of extinction
On the verge of extinction
The blunt-nosed leopard lizard, the Hawaiian hoary bat and the light-footed clapper -- all endangered species -- don't receive the attention they deserve.
North Dakota's riskiest harvest
North Dakota's riskiest harvest
North Dakota landowners and policy makers are weighing the "one-time harvest" of strippable lignite coal against the productivity of agricultural land that would be sacrificed.
The hidden costs of coal
The hidden costs of coal
Arnold Miller, the leader of the United Mine Workers of America, discusses the energy crisis and the coal industry.
Everything you aren't supposed to know about nuclear power
Everything you aren't supposed to know about nuclear power
Even as 146 nuclear power plants are under construction or on order -- on top of 36 nuclear power plants already operating -- public understanding of peaceful use of atomic energy has been inhibited by the Atomic Energy Commission.
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