Coal, earthquakes and electric vehicles have been big news in recent days. These headlines raise as many questions as they answer. Here’s a quick recap of the last week’s most interesting energy stories, and we want to know: what questions do they raise for you?
Wyoming Coal Cuts Jobs
The U.S.’s two largest coal mines are each laying off 15 percent of their employees in Wyoming. In the announcement last week, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal said that low natural gas prices, a warm winter season and environmental regulations forced the layoffs, which will affect more than 450 people. We’re asking: Whither the coal industry, now that its stronghold in Wyoming is cutting jobs?
The U.S. Geological Society has new predictions of earthquake hazard across the country – and for the first time, it’s including risk from human-caused earthquakes. The massive increase in earthquakes in places like Oklahoma is thought to be caused by reinjecting the wastewater that’s produced during oil and gas drilling back into the ground. Last week Larry Buhl reported for us on the complexities of paying for the damage caused by quakes in Oklahoma. We’re asking: What should we make of human-induced earthquakes?
The Tesla Model 3 is here – or will be late next year. Tesla’s head Elon Musk unveiled the $35,000 plug-in electric vehicle last week. Already, Musk said on Twitter, 276,000 Model 3s have been pre-ordered. The pre-orders aren’t yet true sales, but that’s already more than double the total number of electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2015. We’re asking: Will I EVER be able to afford a Tesla?
These are some of the questions we have – but we want to know: what are yours? Submit your question below, and it could become our next story.