High Country News - Energy

If you've got some nuke waste, you can WIPP it
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico may begin taking hotter waste if the state carries out plans to relax regulations
With liberty, justice, and locally produced food for all
In Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of Our Food, Jenny Kurzweil illustrates how agricultural injustices can be combated by purchasing food from socially conscious local producers
Got Sun? Go Solar
In Got Sun? Go Solar, writers Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt explain how to carry out home renewable energy projects
Energy company stakes out wildlife refuge
Yates Petroleum Co. plans to drill two gas wells in New Mexico’s Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Southwestern farmers, lawmakers seek solutions to worker shortages
The Western Growers Association says its farmers need another 20,000 workers to harvest this winter’s crop, and President Bush endorses the idea of a guest-worker program to make it easier for migrant workers in the U.S.
Downwinders say fallout study numbers don't add up
A controversial study says only a fraction of cancer cases can be attributed to nuclear fallout in the U.S.
Slaughter in Serene: The Columbia Coal Strike Reader
The new anthology, Slaughter in Serene, tells the tragic story of striking miners in the late 1920s at the Columbine coal mine in Colorado
Seeking peace in nuclear times
In Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir, former U.S. Marine Leonard Bird offers a heartbreaking and yet hopeful personal account of nuclear war
Lawmakers chop up renewable-energy fund
Congress slashes the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program in favor of directing money toward energy projects in lawmakers’ home districts
Congressional group plans for oil's decline
Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., have formed the Congressional Peak Oil Caucus to discuss preparing for life after "peak oil" – when worldwide oil supplies can no longer meet demand
Renewable law leaves the gate
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission finally releases rules for implementing Amendment 37, the state’s renewable standards law
Mines must clean up their mess
Arizona orders copper companies to clean up mining contamination near the small towns of Globe and Miami.
Solar power is booming
The Worldwatch Institute's report shows that solar power's growth rate is up.
Avoiding the shaft
In "Avoiding the Shaft: The New Mexico Citizen's Mining Manual," Sue McIntosh aims to help New Mexico activists battle hardrock mining.
Rancher finds fame expensive
Rancher Marcus Rudnick loses libel lawsuit about criticism of his grazing practices.
Cattle kicked off salmon range
To protect spawning salmon, cattle are removed from four Oregon allotments.
Ranchers face competition
Oregon okays bidding agains ranchers for leases on state-owned land.
Irrigators speak a volume
The Family Farm Alliance defends irrigation in its report, "Western Irrigation Economic Benefits Review."
Mining: There's a reform-blocking rider
A rule buried in the BLM's mining regulations directs the secretary of the Interior to avoid "undue degradation" of public lands by mining, and the Mineral Policy Center wants to see it revised and made tougher.
Tour the underground
North Dakota's "Energy Trail" gives tourists a chance to visit coal mines and power plants.
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