Wyoming

7:20am

Wed June 4, 2014
Energy

A New Frontier: Carbon Utilization, Rather Than Sequestration

Karen Wawrousek holding up a flask of chemoautotrophic (CAT) bacteria. The bacteria eat carbon dioxide and convert it to biodiesel.
Credit Stephanie May Joyce / Wyoming Public Media

While carbon is a byproduct of almost everything we do, capturing and storing it is expensive. For years, the goal has been to figure out how to make that process cheaper, but more recent efforts take a different approach - shifting the focus from storing carbon to using it.

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7:30am

Fri May 30, 2014
Coal Energy

Coal Power Wary As New Greenhouse Gas Regs Loom

The Naughton Power Plant near Kemmerer, Wyoming, Sept., 2011.
born1945 Flickr - Creative Commons

The predicted effects of continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions.

Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.

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6:30am

Fri May 23, 2014
Energy Boom

Filling Oil Jobs Isn't The Problem, It's Filling The Regulatory Jobs

A rig worker in Williston, North Dakota.
Lindsey G Flickr - Creative Commons

The newly discovered abundance of domestic oil and gas is creating a shortage of something else: the petroleum engineers who regulate drilling activities. Those engineers approve drilling plans and inspect wells after they’re completed to make sure they’re not at risk of contaminating water or blowing out.

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5:30am

Tue May 20, 2014
Energy

For Energy In Colorado, Wyoming And North Dakota, The Boom Plays Out Differently

A Drilling operation in Weld County, Colo.
EcoFlight ecoflight.org

A continuing energy boom in the Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains is reshaping the future of what’s powering America. The three states are feeling this new energy economy differently, and it’s changing political realities in different ways.

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8:32am

Mon May 19, 2014
Inside Energy

Meet Inside Energy, A Project To Drill Down On Energy Issues

A drill rig near Longmont, Colo.
KUNC file photo

An ongoing oil and gas boom in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains region of the country is reshaping the way the U.S. gets its power. At the same time, debates over energy production and policy, especially along Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range, are becoming more high-profile and polarized.

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