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A Sticky Situation with Tar Sands

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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A Sticky Situation with Tar Sands

Scientists call tar sands "one of the first fuel sources we (should) avoid" to limit climate change and other pollution, so plans for the first major U.S. tar sands mine in Utah is a big concern for environmentalists and others. Me for Audubon, September/October 2015.

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Rare-Earth Reality Check

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Rare-Earth Reality Check

A run on rare earth metals, used to make solar panels, military hardware and cell phones, is driving a frenzy for mining claims in the West. My April 2011 story in High Country News looks at the rush and the reality behind a rare-earth boom in the U.S.

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Abandoned Mines and the Shaft

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Abandoned Mines and the Shaft

Even the National Mining Association says it's time to update the the Mining Act of 1872. But will reform be a giant leap, a baby step, or something still off in the distance?

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