Economy

How a pandemic-related drop in Oregon Lottery revenues could lead to a rise in invasive plants
How a pandemic-related drop in Oregon Lottery revenues could lead to a rise in invasive plants
Spiky-stemmed gorse pushes out native plants — and COVID-19 is imperilling measures to keep it in check.
Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research
Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research
In the COVID-19 era, tribal nations want research in service of their people.
Energy dominance or climate action: Trump, Biden and the fate of public lands
Energy dominance or climate action: Trump, Biden and the fate of public lands
In Grand Junction, Colorado, the presidential election is a choice between two distinct energy futures.
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Don't expect oil prices to rebound anytime soon
Global forces conspire to keep energy prices low, for better and worse.
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
USDA announces new grants to reduce 'grain drain'
With the average age of farmers still rising, grants to help out newbies don't get to the root of the problem.
Statistical realism
Statistical realism
David Hughes crunches unpopular numbers for the shale oil boom.
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
After a string of accidents, refinery workers strike for safety
Federal and state investigations have found lax safety practices at oil refineries going back a decade.
Feds demand payback for misused stimulus funds
Feds demand payback for misused stimulus funds
Millions of dollars for carbon sequestration that apparently never happened.
The increasingly unequal West
The increasingly unequal West
Rich get richer while everyone else wallows in a region once known to be economically egalitarian.
Plunging oil prices are saving Alaskan ecosystems — for now
Plunging oil prices are saving Alaskan ecosystems — for now
The new governor shelves controversial roads, dams and other developments.
Should nature have standing to sue?
Should nature have standing to sue?
Even today, the natural world needs a co-plaintiff: us.
Should we put a price on nature?
Should we put a price on nature?
A nuanced look at ecosystem services.
Where can we say ‘Yes’ to oil and gas?
Where can we say ‘Yes’ to oil and gas?
What we give up in so-called sacrifice zones.
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
The Forest Service bets on second-growth logging in Alaska
But can timber still keep island communities in the Tongass afloat?
As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions
As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions
Will new pricing models be the answer to both revenue problems and water waste?
Game of drones
Game of drones
Nevada looks to the boom in unmanned aerial vehicles for an economic boost.
The oil boom hasn't busted, but it's straining at the seams
The oil boom hasn't busted, but it's straining at the seams
Oil patch communities and states are starting to feel the impacts of sliding prices.
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
A new study suggests that estimates for U.S. supplies may be vastly overstated.
Chevrolet just helped bring grasslands into the carbon market
Gentrification comes to Denver
Gentrification comes to Denver
With the right policies, the city can be desirable and affordable.
A guide to the new Senate
A guide to the new Senate
What incoming Republican chairs might do for the West.
Analyst challenges predictions for Western oil booms
Analyst challenges predictions for Western oil booms
North Dakota and Texas fields could be at a fraction of current productivity by 2040, says a new report.
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
The current drilling boom is more sensitive to price fluctuations than its predecessors.
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