Coal

Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
The nearly 150-year old law allows mining companies to extract resources like copper and lithium royalty-free.
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The act is the New Deal redux, with a splash of ecosystem restoration.
The hidden fires
The hidden fires
Keeping honest about what we burn and why.
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
An outgoing utilities commissioner discusses Montana’s changing energy landscape.
When a huge utility company pledges to go carbon free
When a huge utility company pledges to go carbon free
Xcel Energy says it wants to ‘step up and do more’ to reduce greenhouse gases.
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Do climate policies have a negative effect on jobs?
Climate change will hurt the economy if not addressed, but evidence on how environmental regulations affect unemployment is mixed.
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
Dramatic changes to the Clean Water Rule will likely affect drinking water for more than one-third of Americans.
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
A new generation of environmentalists is learning to stop worrying and love atomic power.
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
Be it a wet or a dry year, the water rich in Colorado’s North Fork Valley take their share.
Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge
Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal.
Utilities should dump coal to lower power bills
Utilities should dump coal to lower power bills
Coal-fired plants are more expensive than renewable alternatives like wind power.
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Politics are behind a plan to prop up coal and nuclear
Discussion of a ‘grid emergency’ ignores cheaper alternatives like solar and wind.
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout helps execs and hurts the grid
In a heavy-handed directive, the Department of Energy caters to industry barons.
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
The decision tips the ailing Navajo Generating Station closer to its planned closure.
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
Oil- and gas-rich counties ask for more federal revenue
A new bill would return money earmarked for Western water projects to mineral-producing counties.
EPA proposal would let states relax coal plant pollution rules
EPA proposal would let states relax coal plant pollution rules
The change could increase contamination from coal ash leaching into groundwater.
Latest: Coal continues to decline in Wyoming
Latest: Coal continues to decline in Wyoming
Recent indicators don’t bode well for the state.
Bail out coal communities, not coal executives
Bail out coal communities, not coal executives
The good times are over for the coal industry. It’s time to move on.
Wyoming is a poor state that exports talent. Will that ever change?
Wyoming is a poor state that exports talent. Will that ever change?
Two books examine the state’s homogenous economy and brain drain.
The power of fossil fuels is fading
The power of fossil fuels is fading
Will Western states react in time to save local economies?
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
Climate change initiatives were the most targeted by the Trump administration.
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
What could be lost in a push for mining in monuments
In Grand Staircase-Escalante, coal and fossils lie side by side.
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Latest: More pushback against coal export terminals
Proposed terminal in Longview, Washington, denied key water permit.
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