Chuck McConnell speaks on behalf of Rep. Scott Tipton (R) at a candidate forum in Steamboat Springs, CO.

In A Race To Represent Coal Country, Two Visions For The Future

What to do about coal jobs has been a major theme this election season, with each side pointing fingers at the other, from the presidential debate stage to local town halls. On Colorado’s western slope, two candidates running for Congress are divided on the issue and are nearly matched in campaign contributions as election day approaches.

Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.

Oil And Gas Not All In For Trump

One thing we can say about this year’s presidential election, it’s not following the rules of the game. Take the oil and gas industry for example. Although Donald Trump is the keynote speaker at Pennsylvania’s annual Shale Insight conference this week, industry executives and employees have not been opening their wallets to the Republican nominee.

Quiltman Sahme, left, and son Tiwani sit outside their tent along the border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where they're protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They're from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, which is trying to prevent Nestle from bottling water from a nearby stream.

Fight Feels Familiar For Tribes At Pipeline Protest

Fights past and present over environmental issues have compelled Native Americans from tribes across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in its battle to defeat the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This gathering of nations, meanwhile, could mark a turning point for tribes as they seek greater say in what happens to their land.

Many Reasons, One Cause In Pipeline Protest

Opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline continues to grow beyond its North Dakota roots, with solidarity protests Tuesday in dozens of cities across the country and the world. People are protesting for many different reasons but with one goal—stopping the pipeline.

People raise their fists in the air in solidarity as a group of canoes arrives in a protest camp that sprang up to demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The canoe flotilla had representatives of tribes from the across the Pacific Northwest and navigated the Missouri River from Bismarck to Cannon Ball to show their support.

Tribes Win One Fight, Lose Another In Pipeline Protest

News that construction must stop on part of a controversial oil pipeline is drawing a mixed reaction from the people protesting it. That’s because even though a judge says work on the project can continue, the Obama administration surprised everyone when it announced it would block construction. Now, the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline is ramping up as it spreads from North Dakota to the nation’s capital.

The intake for a micro-hydro plant on the South Canal, outside Montrose, Colorado. The Delta Montrose Electric Association has developed such plants on the canal in partnership with local water users, who benefit from the revenue the plants generate.

A Battle Over Bringing Local Renewables To Rural Electric Co-ops

A rural electric co-op in western Colorado has started a high-stakes legal battle over putting more local renewable energy on its grid. The battled has pitted renewable energy advocates against traditional wholesale power providers, and it’s a fight that could help define the future of electricity generation in rural communities nationwide.