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NPS approves Lamar Ranch improvement plan

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service has approved a plan to make infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

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2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills

2014 already a nasty year for Wyoming oil spills

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An oil boom in Wyoming has a filthy side effect: A string of accidents from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a refinery in downtown Cheyenne already has made this year the state’s worst for oil spills since at least 2009, state records show.

September 18, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can’t force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state’s legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…

Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

^pDES MOINES, Iowa — The world’s largest refinery that turns corn plant waste into ethanol began production recently in Iowa, and many national and international dignitaries have touted the technology as a major step in the shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution.

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Wyoming carbon test site could be chosen soon

CASPER, Wyo. — The location of a proposed facility to test new technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from a working power plant could be selected by state officials within the next few months, a utility official said.

September 01, 2014 9:30 pmLoading…
4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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Robert J. Samuelson: We have no solution to climate change

WASHINGTON — It would be healthy — in the sense of promoting honesty — if every report warning of global warming and climate change (the two terms are interchangeable) came with the following disclaimer:

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Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

MISSOULA — With scrutiny growing about the safety of moving crude oil by rail, western Montana residents wonder how increased shipments will be kept safe along sensitive places like the border of Glacier National Park.

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Officials: Canadian oil won't hurt ND production

BISMARCK, N.D. — The proposed but controversial multibillion-dollar pipelines that would bring a flood of Canadian tar sands oil to the U.S. likely won’t hinder North Dakota’s soaring crude production, state and industry officials say.

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Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.

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Guest opinion: Don't scrap EPA’s wise carbon-reducing mileage mandate

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA’s vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.

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Book chronicles businessmen who led fracking boom

“The Frackers:

December 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Modest carbon tax would promote energy efficiency

WASHINGTON — Economist Robert Pindyck of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently examined the computer models that estimate the effects and costs of climate change — and didn’t like what he found. The models reflect two gaping uncertainties, he says. First, we don’t know how much…

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Guest opinion: Outmoded mileage tests badly shortchange consumers

EDGEWATER, Md. — Of all the rules set forth by the federal government to regulate the U.S. auto industry — and there are thousands — none is more frustrating to consumers and car companies alike than the EPA’s requirement that fuel economy be posted on new-car stickers.

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Guest opinion: EPA must not tamper with its vehicle mileage tests

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In 2010 and again in 2012, the Obama administration made one of its most important decisions on energy use and climate change.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Little-known entrepreneur gave edge to U.S. oil industry

WASHINGTON — You may have missed the obituary the other day of George P. Mitchell, who died at 94 and was someone of genuine consequence for the future of America and perhaps the world. He is not to be confused with George J. Mitchell, the former U.S. Senate majority leader (1989-95), who is…

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers’ small investment will enrich future generations

WASHINGTON — As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

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Guest opinion: Wind power subsidies no windfall for taxpayers

WASHINGTON — “The thing about money is that when you have it you don’t need it and when you need it you don’t have it,” my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It’s most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest.

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Legislative push made to add big dams to renewable standard

Legislative push made to add big dams to renewable standard

HELENA — A proposal to add hydroelectric dams to the list of renewable resources eligible for energy credits is back before the Montana Legislature.

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Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Colstrip power plant sued over pollution controls

Environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Montana's massive Colstrip coal-fired power plant, seeking to force the installation of more pollution controls at the decades-old facility.

March 06, 2013 6:26 pmLoading…

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