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Statue of Liberty with solar light

Conservation: Red, white and blue is the new green

March 23, 2011
Despite what freshman Republican lawmakers would have us believe, giving a flying finch about the environment is very American.

Draft Forest Planning Rule: Public comment ideas

March 16, 2011
The bottom line is that the current planning process is too complex, too time-consuming, and too fraught with unnecessary decisions and choices that...

Wild Lands: Talking to Congress about the new order

March 8, 2011
The order is simply and unequivocally a good government measure. Lands with wilderness characteristics are a diminishing resource. Their destruction...
Renewable energy farm

Sustainable energy: How green is your wind farm?

March 3, 2011
Somewhere in the California desert, the Mohave ground squirrel is safe from solar panels, for now.
Bald eagle

Draft Forest Planning Rules: A first look

February 14, 2011
The much-anticipated draft Forest Service land use planning rules were released today. There is much to like about the new draft rules but, as with...
Jefferson Parkway, proposed route

Jefferson Parkway: Road rage on the Front Range

February 1, 2011
Energy, Other, Wildlife
Utah's red rock country

Wild Lands: Salazar goes wild, takes it back

January 19, 2011
It wasn’t long after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Denver last month, announcing a new “Wild Lands” policy, that debate over the order flared...
Hope Mine tailings

Mine remediation: New hope for old messes

January 11, 2011
A new mine mediation technique, currently being field-tested by a non-profit based in Carbondale, may change the reclamation landscape entirely.
Energy, Water
Molycorp's Mountain Pass mine for rare earth elements

Rare earth metals: Weighing the costs of unobtainium

December 2, 2010
As this year comes to a close, anxiety continues to mount about how public and private interests in the U.S. are going to get their hands on enough...
shale gas drilling

Hydraulic fracturing: The fracas explained

November 19, 2010
When the EPA sent a subpoena to Halliburton last week, demanding to know what’s in the fluid used to drive their hydraulic fracturing process for...
Energy, Water
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